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Mining company would be split under judge’s order

A 67-year-old family-owned mining business could be broken up and parceled out under a judge’s “drastic” remedy for the company’s oppression of minority shareholders. Fairfax County Circuit Judge Jane Marum Roush concluded the Disthene Group Inc. – which owns a ...

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Collection Agency Owes Fees After FDCPA Default (access required)

A debtor wins $9,385.50 in damages and attorney’s fees in a default judgment against a Georgia debt collection agency in her suit alleging the agency violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when it threatened legal action it could not ...

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Judge cuts Huguely sentence by two years

Charlottesville Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire reduced only slightly a jury’s recommended sentence for the former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of second-degree murder in the 2010 beating death of his ex-girlfriend, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Hogshire imposed a ...

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Lawyers on a train

Travel to Washington has often been an issue for Virginia lawyers. It’s too close to fly, but driving poses unavoidable risks. You might get caught in one of those all-too-frequent traffic jams on I-95 and arrive hours late. Or you ...

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Patent Claim Pressed in Slow Cooker Case (access required)

In this patent infringement action involving slow cookers, a Richmond U.S. District Court considers the parties’ cross-motions for summary judgment and grants summary judgment for defendant Sunbeam Products and denies summary judgment to plaintiff Hamilton Beach Brands. The ‘928 patent ...

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Off to the dubitante ball

Federal law prohibits making threats to injure someone else. The statute, 18 U.S.C. § 875(c), has been on the books since the 1930s, and it has been used to prosecute everything from extortion to stalking to basic promises to commit ...

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