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Yearly Archives: 2010

Insurance – Duty To Defend – Web Advertising – No-Bark Dog Collars (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says an insurance carrier has no duty under its “Web Xtend Liability” policy to defend plaintiff manufacturer on intellectual property claims from the manufacture and sale of dog training collars that allegedly use another company’s ...

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Civil Procedure – Jury Trial – Malpractice Defense Contract Claim – Dec Action (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says a lawyer who wants a malpractice defense gets a jury trial on his contract counterclaim against his carrier, before trial of the parties’ dec actions. The issue at hand is not squarely whether a ...

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Criminal – Terrorist Conspiracy – Guilty Plea – Brady Claim (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds the conviction, on a guilty plea, of Zacarias Moussaoui to six criminal conspiracy counts arising from the al Qaeda terrorist organization’s plot to use commercial aircraft to commit terrorist attacks in this country, including the attacks ...

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Civil Procedure – Discovery – FOIA – ‘Common Interest’ Agreement (access required)

In this FOIA action arising from an earlier patent suit brought by New Technology Patents Inc., a client of Hunton & Williams, against Research In Motion Ltd., manufacturer of BlackBerry devices, the 4th Circuit affirms the district court conclusion that ...

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Criminal – Government Contract Fraud – Aviation Fuel Contracts – Restitution (access required)

In the government’s appeal of defendant’s probationary sentence in connection with his guilty plea to fraud charges from his participation in a procurement scheme involving aviation fuel contracts, the 4th Circuit vacates defendant’s sentence and remands for resentencing, and orders ...

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Student injured in fall through uncovered window well – $1,100,000 Verdict  (access required)

Plaintiff was a student at the College of William and Mary in October 2003, when she attended as a social guest a party given by Beta Theta Pi at its on-campus house. During the party she and several friends went ...

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Environmental – Clean Water Act – Natural Gas Terminal (access required)

The 4th Circuit denies a petition for review of the denial by the Maryland Department of the Environment of petitioners’ request for water quality certification under the Clean Water Act of a proposed large-scale liquefied natural gas marine import terminal ...

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Search & Seizure – Auto – Inventory Search – Closed Containers (access required)

A police search of defendant’s impounded vehicle after his arrest on an outstanding warrant did not violate defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights and the 4th Circuit upholds defendant’s firearm conviction and convictions for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession with intent ...

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Two NoVa legal aid offices merged Jan. 1 (access required)

Legal Services of Northern Virginia and Potomac Legal Aid Society merged on Jan. 1 in what officials at the two organizations say is an effort to make the most effective use of their resources. James A. Ferguson, executive director of ...

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