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No Copyright Violation for Georgian Home Design (access required)

A custom home designer/builder in the Williamsburg area loses this suit alleging copyright infringement by defendant builders; the Newport News U.S. District Court says the 18 designs pictured in plaintiff builder’s promotional brochure,“Places to Call Home,” encompass most designs used ...

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Court Applies ‘Sexual Abuse’ Sentencing Enhancement (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds an enhanced sentence for a defendant convicted of possession of child pornography, based on his prior conviction under South Carolina common law for “assault and battery of a high aggravated nature”; the district court did not ...

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Public Policy Claim for Sexual Harassment Advances (access required)

A Newport New U.S. District Court says there is no legal support for an employer’s assertion that a female plaintiff’s consensual sexual relationship with another employee at the car dealership negated the theory that the attentions of the dealership’s general ...

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Due Diligence Lacking in Discovery of Invoices (access required)

In the wake of a Norfolk federal jury’s $115 million award to a small technology company and $17.4 million in supplemental damages and $6.6 million in post-judgment interest, the Norfolk U.S. District Court denies defendant’s motion to alter or amend ...

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One Voluntary Dismissal Not ‘Judge Shopping’ (access required)

Although plaintiff, a former police officer for the Town of Vienna, voluntarily dismissed her Title VII hostile work environment suit against defendant town, one voluntary dismissal does not amount to improper “judge shopping,” and the Alexandria U.S. District Court denies ...

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