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Fair Debt Act covers company credit card (access required)

A woman who charged personal expenses to her corporate credit card is protected by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The collections lawyer who sued the woman alleged that she had violated her credit card agreement by charging her personal, ...

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Lawyer sanctions upheld (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a $2,000 sanction against a lawyer who pleaded unsubstantiated defenses in a products liability case filed in Fairfax Circuit Court. On Jan. 12, a unanimous Supreme Court said in Ford Motor Co. v. ...

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New trial for denial of hired lawyer (access required)

A robbery defendant from Danville has won a new trial based on a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on a criminal defendant’s right to retained counsel of his choice. Previously, a defendant challenging a trial court’s denial of ...

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Master of his domain name? (access required)

A man who used his personal name as a domain name to sell real estate can employ a federal cyberpiracy statute to sue the Web host who refuses to transfer that name to another Internet service provider. Even though the ...

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