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Air Force JAG chief gets top ABA post

Jack Rives, the recently retired Air Force judge advocate general, was named yesterday as the next executive director of the American Bar Association. Rives retired as the Air Force’s top legal officer of March 1 and will assume the ABA ...

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Human corpse needed to make plot a ‘cemetery,’ court says (access required)

When is a cemetery not a cemetery? When no human corpse is buried there, the Supreme Court of Virginia says. Kathryn Shilling saw sacred ground when she looked at a hilltop plot in Rockingham County where she buried her mother’s ...

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Turning a church into a court

While courts ponder the entanglements of church and state in both the Episcopal property dispute (now before the Supreme Court of Virginia) and a tax-supported church-apartment building in Arlington County (expected be considered by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Real Estate – Commercial Lease – Co-Tenant Requirement (access required)

Although a commercial lessor’s lease administrator initially agreed with tenant Cost Plus that a shopping center lease required a new tenant as a replacement for Linens N’ Things, an Alexandria U.S. District Court says the plain language of the lease ...

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Civil Procedure – Personal Jurisdiction – Waiver – Letters To Court (access required)

In this copyright dispute between two authors over a script and novel treatment of a story that has morphed from a desert search for a manuscript by the ancient Greek hero Odysseus, to a separate desert search for a secret ...

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Real Estate – Post-Foreclosure Possession – Loan Securitization (access required)

A man who still occupies his home after its sale at foreclosure gets nowhere with his claim to the property based on the legal theory that securitization of his mortgage loan renders his note unenforceable, and an Alexandria U.S. District ...

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Civil Rights – High School Student – Disciplinary Investigation – Due Process (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court grants summary judgment for defendant school administrators accused of violating the due process rights of a female high school student suspended for 10 days after other students observed her performing oral sex on a male student ...

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Admiralty – Vessel Collision – Damages – Constructive Total Loss (access required)

When the captain of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers vessel fell asleep at the wheel and struck plaintiff’s 70-foot yacht docked at the pier at Ocean Marine marina in Portsmouth, the yacht was a constructive total loss based on ...

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