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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Real Estate – Consumer Protection – Interstate Land Sales Act – Improved Lot Exemption (access required)

Condo buyers in a Northern Virginia complex can pursue their claims for rescission of their sales contracts and deposit refunds, the 4th Circuit says, as it reverses a district court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims under the Interstate Land Sales Full ...

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Immigration – Asylum Application – Erroneous Credibility Finding (access required)

The 4th Circuit grants a petition for review to a Chinese applicant for asylum because an adverse credibility determination made against him by an immigration judge and ratified by the Board of Immigration Appeals was erroneously predicated on facts that ...

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The latest on Melendez-Diaz

A couple of new developments on the Melendez-Diaz front have appeared this week. A Norfolk Circuit Court has ruled on defense lawyer Andrew Sacks’ Melendez-Diaz challenge to Va. Code § 19.2-187.02, the Virginia statute that lets in a hospital blood ...

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Criminal – Habeas – Ineffective Assistance – Conflict Of Interest – Lawyer’s Other Client (access required)

The 4th Circuit earlier reversed the district court and said petitioner’s lawyer had an actual conflict of interest at sentencing when he did not move for a downward departure for “self-defense necessity” in order to avoid accusing another of his ...

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Contracts – Arbitration Clause – E-Mail Modification – Nursing Staff (access required)

E-mail correspondence between skilled nursing facilities and a staffing company knocked out arbitration of their non-solicitation dispute, but they still must arbitrate their payment dispute, says a Lynchburg U.S. District Court. Although the terms of each agreement between the parties ...

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Julie S. Palmer named partner at Harman Claytor

Julie S. Palmer has been named a partner at Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman. Palmer earned her undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College in 2000 and her law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2003. She ...

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Consider writing a family mission statement (access required)

A family doesn’t need a surname like Vanderbilt to benefit from a family mission statement. A mission statement is a collaborative document created by one or more generations of family so standards and goals can be set for the handling ...

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