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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Intellectual Property – Consumer Web Site – Auto Dealer Feedback – Immunity (access required)

A car dealership cannot sue a consumer Web site on which shoppers posted negative experiences for defamation and tortious interference with business expectancy; the 4th Circuit affirms the district court holding that defendant Consumeraffairs.com Inc. has immunity from suit under ...

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Annual report on federal judiciary released at year’s end (access required)

U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. had just one message in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary: The courts are fine. In past years, the nation’s top justice focused on the judiciary’s critical needs and ...

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Consumer ‘gripe’ site can’t be sued for defamation (access required)

Federal law protecting interactive computer service providers bars a lawsuit brought by a car dealer that alleged it was defamed by comments posted on a consumer website, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The defendant operates a ...

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Workers can’t get paid for time changing gear (access required)

Poultry workers are not entitled under federal wage law to be paid for the time they spent donning and doffing personal protective gear required for their jobs, the 4th Circuit has ruled in affirming a judgment. The defendant operates a ...

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Congress moves on data security bills (access required)

Before recessing for the holidays last year, the House of Representatives passed a bill designed to boost online data privacy protections, while another data security measure advanced in the Senate. The House bill, the Data Accountability and Trust Act, H.R. ...

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IRS issues proposed regs for tax preparers (access required)

The Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations for tax return preparers earlier this month that for the first time would impose requirements of registration, testing and continued education for all preparers. “As tax season begins, most Americans will turn to tax ...

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James to be chief deputy AG

Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli has named Williams Mullen partner and former federal prosecutor Chuck James to be chief deputy attorney general and McGuireWoods partner E. Duncan Getchell Jr. to be solicitor general. James is the son of Kay Cole James, ...

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Lawyer’s husband accused of cocaine possession

The husband of a Hampton lawyer often mentioned as a judicial candidate has been arrested on drug possession charges, according to the Daily Press . William Carson Thomas, 51, husband of Kathy Gear Owens, is accused of possessing cocaine, marijuana ...

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Kilgore to move to McGuireWoods

Former Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore, now a lobbyist, is changing jobs, heading to the Richmond office of McGuireWoods LLP. Kilgore joined the Richmond office of Williams Mullen in 2005, after his unsuccesssful campaign for governor. He has headed that ...

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