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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Insurance – Policy Coverage – CGL – Duty To Defend – Asbestos Cases (access required)

In this litigation involving apportionment of Travelers’ duty to defend Alfa Laval under a CGL policy against 1,200 lawsuits relating to asbestos injury, in proportion to the duty to defend of at least six other insurance companies, a Richmond U.S. ...

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Civil Procedure – Necessary Parties – Loan Fraud (access required)

Plaintiffs, two non-English speaking foreign-born U.S. residents who allege defendants, without their consent, submitted false loan applications to refinance property that doubled one plaintiff’s actual income, leading to their default on the loans and foreclosure on their property, have their ...

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Insurance – Policy Coverage – Homeowners – Chinese Drywall – Exclusions (access required)

A homeowner suffered a “direct physical loss” from the use of defective Chinese drywall in the construction of his home, but he has no coverage for the loss under his homeowner’s policy, says a Norfolk U.S. District Court, as four ...

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Intellectual Property – Copyright – Architectural Drawings – Hotel Renovation (access required)

An architectural firm hired to produce drawings for a project to restore Richmond’s John Marshall Hotel, based on earlier drawings and renovations from 1928, 1955, 1962 and 1978, can try its claim that a second architectural firm on the project, ...

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U.S. Attorney hires two prosecutors

Two prosecutors have joined the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Andrew Peterson joins the terrorism and national security unit. Peterson was previously an attorney for the CIA’s Office of General Counsel. He earned ...

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Three lawyers swim across mouth of Potomac

  UPDATE: We ommitted another Richmond lawyer who completed the Potomac swim. Courtney Motes Paulk, a construction litigator, also participated in the event. Swimming season is officially here now that we’re past Memorial Day, but 7.5 miles? That’s what Richmond lawyers ...

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O Happy Day

The people who passed the February 2010 Virginia bar exam are now lawyers. The Virginia State Bar held its Admission and Orientation ceremony yesterday at the Richmond Convention Center. The seven justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia were there; ...

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Does your law firm have a language gap? (access required)

Lawyers have a language all their own, and sometimes its purpose seems to be to obscure meaning rather than to facilitate it; however, other disciplines that work in law firm staff positions also have their professional jargon that may or ...

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