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$21M awarded in torture suit against ex-Somali PM

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday awarded $21 million to seven people who sued a former prime minister of Somalia now living in Virginia, claiming he tortured and killed his own people more than two decades ago. ...

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Claim Construction Outlined in Search Engine Case (access required)

In this litigation over plaintiff company’s complaint that AOL, Google and other defendants have used their search advertising systems to infringe two of plaintiff’s patents, the Norfolk U.S. District Court issues an order after holding a claim construction hearing. Plaintiff ...

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LEO covers conflicts for ‘of counsel’ status

“Of counsel” has been showing up on law firm letterheads and websites for years, and the status can cover a variety of arrangements. A new advisory legal ethics opinion offers guidelines for one such arrangement, based on a hypothetical in ...

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Child-care duties prompt job bias claim

A drug company salesman claimed gender bias after his supervisor asked if the salesman’s wife could drop off their child at school, so the salesman could start work earlier. Noah Nathan said his employer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, discriminated against him by ...

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Concussions lawsuits proliferate

As high school football season gets underway, there’s a new consciousness about head injuries. That consciousness is altering procedures for detecting concussions and for requiring rest after injury. It’s also leading to litigation. Michael Rouchleau was a junior on the ...

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‘Interested’ Trustees May Not Terminate Trust (access required)

Co-trustees may not terminate a trust due to “defendant’s persistent and repeated requests for documentation and accountings” by the trustees, says a Richmond Circuit Court. Plaintiffs allege these persistent requests cost the trust unnecessary time and expense, including legal fees. ...

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No D.C. rates for D.C. lawyers, Norfolk court says

Washington, D.C. lawyers who won a pro bono voter records case can’t expect to recoup fees at D.C. rates, a Norfolk federal judge said last week. Lawyers from the D.C. office of Boston-based Ropes & Gray went to bat for ...

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Court Strikes Petition Residency Regulation (access required)

Virginia’s state residency requirement under Va. Code § 24.2-543 for persons who circulate petitions for independent candidates for President of the U.S. violates the First and 14th Amendments, and a Richmond U.S. District Court permanently enjoins the State Board of ...

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