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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Domestic Relations – Pet Visitation – Family Farmland Value (access required)

A couple in their 50s who have devoted a “lot of time and affection to their dog, Gracie” make an even split of their marital property, and have agreed to custody of the dog with wife and visitation for husband, ...

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Intellectual Property – Venue – Coffee Shop Franchise – Trademark Infringement (access required)

A Charlottesville U.S. District Court transfers to the Alexandria U.S. District Court this suit by plaintiff Delaware corporation alleging that defendants, who live and have their business in Northern Virginia, have infringed plaintiff’s trademark for Greenberry coffee shops with defendants’ ...

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Contract – Cigarette Manufacture – Tobacco Master Settlement (access required)

A Danville U.S. District Court awards $5.25 million to a Virginia cigarette company against a North Carolina company on the Virginia company’s contract to distribute “Kingston” brand cigarettes manufactured by the Virginia company. The manufacturing stipulated in the contract implicates ...

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Products Liability – Failure To Test- Failure To Warn – Prempro (access required)

A woman suing Wyeth on allegations that its hormone replacement therapy drug, Prempro, caused or aggravated her breast cancer, cannot proceed on a claim that Wyeth had a duty to conduct additional tests or studies of the drug, says an ...

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Civil Rights – Excessive Force – School Truancy – Illegal Entry (access required)

A Prince William County police officer who allegedly entered plaintiffs’ home to serve a school truancy summons on a woman who listed that home as her home address must defend plaintiffs’ unreasonable search claim, but defendants win summary judgment on ...

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Kelsey leads in high court endorsements (access required)

Virginia’s statewide bar associations are completing their endorsements for a pending seat on the Supreme Court of Virginia. The endorsements leader at this point is Virginia Court of Appeals Judge D. Arthur Kelsey, who received the highest rating from five ...

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Governor’s plan doesn’t include any new judges (access required)

Gov. Bob McDonnell may not plan on funding any new judges next year, despite his request last month that the Virginia State Bar hand over $5 million for general state spending. Although his remarks to state lawmakers state he wanted ...

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Court reinstates cases for plaintiffs (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia issued unpublished orders today in two areas of the law that it has had frequent occasion to visit – statutory employees and inadequate damages. Both orders reversed judgments that had been entered for defendants in ...

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Virginia Tech shootings trial set for September

Two $10-million wrongful death lawsuits against Virginia Tech officials arising from the 2007 campus shootings have been scheduled for a nine-day trial beginning Sept. 26. The cases, brought by the only victims of the massacre who did not accept state ...

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