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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Civil Rights – Conspiracy – Libel – Suicide Allegation (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court refuses to dismiss this suit alleging conspiracy to injure a witness under 42 U.S.C. § 1985 and libel per se against defendant Lyndon LaRouche, who repeatedly published reports that plaintiff’s husband had committed suicide because ...

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Intellectual Property – Copyright Infringement – ‘Dreamgirls’ (access required)

Although plaintiff contends defendant Black Entertainment Television infringed his 1992 copyrighted screenplay “Poison Passion” with their 2006 film “Dreamgirls,” a Richmond U.S. District Court dismisses the suit because plaintiff has not rebutted defendants’ assertion that the characters and storyline of ...

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Immigration – Naturalization Application – Mandamus (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court exercises its discretion to remand this naturalization application to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service, and denies a writ of mandamus to require adjudication of the application. Title 8 U.S.C. § 1447(b) provides that a ...

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Criminal – Habeas – ‘Actual Innocence’ – Child Sexual Abuse (access required)

An affidavit from an alleged victim of child sexual abuse crimes for which petitioner is serving a 51-year sentence, which purportedly states that petitioner did not “force” the minor to engage in sexual acts, does not support petitioner’s post-conviction motion ...

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Civil Procedure – Removal – Remand – Auto Accident Case (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court denies plaintiff’s motion to remand her personal injury action to state court, rejecting her argument that removal came too late because it occurred more than one year after commencement of the action, i.e., the date ...

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Intellectual Property – Copyright Infringement – Business Torts (access required)

In these consolidated international business tort cases involving tire manufacturers’ trade secrets, an Alexandria U.S. District Court denies defendants’ Rule 59 motion for a new trial following a $26 million jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs on claims of copyright ...

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Employment – Tortious Interference – Civilian Contractor Coast Guard Project (access required)

A retired Coast Guard captain who was terminated as a civilian consultant on a Coast Guard project has not stated a constitutional claim against the Coast Guard for his termination, or tort or conspiracy claims against defendant Booz Allen for ...

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Mediation, from grass roots to governor’s mansion (access required)

Mediation practice thrives in Virginia, having begun at the grass-roots level some 20 years ago. Pioneers of the movement and current and aspiring practitioners gathered Oct. 20 at the University of Richmond law school to celebrate National Mediation Month, sponsored ...

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It’s official: Snow days tolled statute

Last winter, it snowed in Alexandria. I mean, it really snowed. When snow plows were finally able to clear the streets, they piled snow 10 feet high on the sidewalks, even higher in area parking lots. “Snowmageddon,” they called it. ...

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