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Contract – Former Client Contacts Not Barred (access required)

After weighing an investment firm’s affidavits with second-hand accounts alleging that two former employees breached nonsolicitation agreements by contacting clients when they changed firms, a Norfolk U.S. District Court denies a preliminary injunction to the firm pending arbitration of the ...

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When a conviction is a ticket home

Mistakenly telling a client that his criminal conviction won’t force his departure from U.S. shores can let the client overturn the conviction, as a new federal case illustrates. Alexandria Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III granted a Pakistani citizen’s ...

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Tort – Government Not Liable for Stability Test (access required)

The government’s certification of a double-pontoon vessel to carry 25 persons does not mean Federal Tort Claims Act liability for passenger deaths after the vessel capsized, as the government’s “stability proof tests” come under the discretionary function exception federal tort ...

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