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Monthly Archives: December 2012

First file-sharing defendant seeks reversal from high court (access required)

After three separate verdicts and more than five years of litigation, file-sharing defendant Jammie Thomas-Rasset has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas-Rasset was the first target of the Recording Industry Association of America’s campaign against illegal downloaders to go ...

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Hampden-Sydney student expelled for election racial uproar (access required)

(AP) One student has been expelled and three others are being punished for their roles in a racially charged uproar on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College the night of President Barack Obama’s re-election, the school said Dec. 13. They were ...

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4th Circuit hears Texas man’s fraud appeal (access required)

(AP)  A lawyer for a former Texas businessman convicted in a $100 million life insurance fraud scheme urged a federal appeals court to reverse the conviction, or at least toss out a 45-year prison sentence that he contends is excessive. ...

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FTC scrutinizes data brokers over use of consumer info (access required)

In an effort to bring more transparency to the consumer data collection industry, the Federal Trade Commission has issued orders to nine data brokerage companies directing them to supply the agency with information about how they collect and use consumers’ ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Oct. 18, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public admonition to John W. Tripp of Virginia Beach for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication.  This discipline was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Tripp, ...

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Brain tumor symptoms misdiagnosed as anxiety disorder – $1,300,000 Verdict (access required)

This case involved a claim by a 25-year-old married mother of two young children for failure to diagnose a trigeminal schwannoma, a benign extra-axial brain tumor behind her left eye.  The tumor pressed against the nerve fibers of the dura ...

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Housing authority’s appraisal was not just compensation, jury rules – $3,756,250 Verdict (access required)

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority condemned a 50,000 square foot parcel of land at the corner of Killam and 39th Street in Norfolk, originally offering the property owner $2,080,000 as just compensation for the property. The land acquired by the ...

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Hotel developer wins summary judgment on fraud count – $366,526 Verdict (access required)

This was a breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and piercing the corporate veil suit by a hotel development company to recover an escrow deposit from a real estate brokerage firm that failed to return it. U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady ...

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