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Noncompete case settles for $1.8M (access required)

Closing the contract

In a suit alleging tortious interference and breach of contract by a former employee and his new employer, the lawyers reached a $1.8 million settlement before discovery even changed hands. IT product solutions reseller Govplace charged a former salesperson with secretly reaching a new employment agreement with competitor Universal Understanding and then diverting sales opportunities while still employed at Govplace, costing the company millions of dollars.

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Carrier faulted for clumsy wording

It was a close call for an insurance company that wanted a plaintiff’s case heard in federal court. Nobody doubted that Selective Way Insurance Company was a citizen of New Jersey entitled to remove a suit filed by DBS Inc. ...

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Judge allows new lawyer for death penalty case

Despite opposition from the commonwealth’s attorney, Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett has allowed a non-Virginia lawyer as part of the defense team for a Colonial Heights man facing the death penalty. Joseph W. Vigneri is an experienced capital defender with ...

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Gay marriage ruling will help many veteran spouses

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Stewart Bornhoft, who completed two tours of duty in Vietnam, the Supreme Court’s decision granting federal benefits to married, same-sex couples means that he and his spouse, Stephen McNabb, can one day be buried together at ...

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Pistol permit privacy is retroactive, AG says

A new privacy law to protect the identities of Virginians seeking concealed handgun permits covers past applicants as well as new applicants, according to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Circuit court clerks, who maintain records of CHPs in Virginia, must “withhold ...

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Judges, sheriffs share duty of court security, AG says

Virginia law requires circuit judges and local sheriffs to collaborate on establishing and maintaining courthouse security, according to an official opinion of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The July 12 opinion acknowledges court decisions giving judges “inherent authority” to regulate court ...

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Tran named first Asian-American circuit judge in Virginia

John M. Tran has been invested as a Fairfax Circuit Court judge, making him the first Vietnamese-American full-time judge in Virginia as well as the first Asian-American judge in a court of record. The ceremony took place July 12 at ...

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