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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Bankruptcy – Student Loan – Post-Petition Interest – Collection Costs (access required)

A bankruptcy court did not have jurisdiction to determine post-petition interest and collection costs on a defaulted student loan that occurred after the Chapter 13 estate was closed and the debtor discharged, and the 4th Circuit reverses the district court ...

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Constitutional – First Amendment – Airport Newspaper Racks (access required)

A public airport’s total ban on newspaper racks inside its terminals violates the First Amendment and the 4th Circuit upholds summary judgment for plaintiff newspaper publishers. We found a similar ban unconstitutional in Multimedia Pub. Co. of S.C. Inc. v. ...

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Va. whistleblower action is basis of Depakote probe

When Judge Wilson ordered Abbott Laboratories to turn over selected e-mails to federal investigators looking into alleged off-label marketing of Depakote, we had to wonder – why was this high-level pharmaceutical drama playing out in Abingdon, Va.? Abbott is based ...

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A bill everyone liked

It’s not often that everyone on Capitol Hill can agree on something. But during the just-completed General Assembly session, Del. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, secured passage for a bill that didn’t get a single vote against it as it worked its ...

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Judicial freeze and higher fees: Budget agreement will have far-reaching impact (access required)

A freeze on filling judicial vacancies through June 2012. Increased – but reduced from earlier proposals – civil filing fees for circuit and general district courts. No public defender offices for the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico and Prince William. Those ...

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Real Estate – Easement – Deed – Partial Release – Reconsideration (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court denies plaintiff’s motion to reconsider the court’s Oct. 22, 2009 decision (VLW 009-3-578) rejecting plaintiff’s claim for an easement. Plaintiff essentially argues the note holder’s signing the deed of partial release created a conditional easement. ...

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Municipal – Playground Equipment – Warranty Claims (access required)

A Salem Circuit Court grants the city’s demurrer to plaintiff’s negligence and warranty claims based on plaintiff’s allegations of injury from the city’s purchase and installation of defective playground equipment in a public city park. The city demurrer claims immunity ...

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