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Bankruptcy – Promissory Note – Release (access required)

Debtor company’s former CEO, who bought $20 million in company stock when he joined the company by paying half in cash and signing a promissory note for $10 million, cannot escape plaintiff bankruptcy trustees’ efforts to collect on the note ...

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Commercial – Letters Of Credit – Contract – Residential Developer (access required)

A Prince William County developer can sue defendant bank for breach of contract for allegedly telling the developer that after payment of a fee the bank would extend expiration dates on letters of credit intended to show the county the ...

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Criminal – War Crimes – Iraqi Nationals – Private Contractor (access required)

In these five consolidated cases involving 64 plaintiffs – Iraqi nationals or their estates who allege death or serious injury at the hands of employees of private government contractors – an Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses plaintiffs’ claims under the ...

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Civil Rights – Drug Court Program – Religious-Based Treatment (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to defendants in plaintiff’s suit alleging his civil rights were violated when he was required, through the Rappahannock Regional Drug Court Program, to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous addiction treatment ...

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Civil Rights – Disability – Medical School Application – Bipolar Disorder (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court grants defendant medical school’s motion to dismiss a prospective medical student’s claim that the school’s denial of his application violated federal disability laws, because the school allegedly failed to view his prior GPAs and MCAT ...

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Criminal – Death Penalty – Victim Impact Evidence (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court denies a federal death-row defendant’s motion to set aside the death-penalty verdict, which argues that the court improperly allowed the government to present inappropriate victim-impact evidence related to the victim’s status as a Navy ...

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Intellectual Property – Patent Infringement – Claim Construction (access required)

In this patents-in-suit litigation involving electronic door locking mechanisms, a Richmond U.S. District Court sorts through the parties’ summary judgment motions, granting some and denying others, and identifies issues for trial. This is a patent infringement action consisting of several ...

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Insurance – CGL Policy – Satellite TV – Service Call – Child Molestation (access required)

Where a couple, John and Jane Doe, have brought a Virginia state court suit against Echostar, Dish Network and their service contractor for injuries arising from the service contractor technician Waters – a registered sex offender – having sexually molested ...

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Immigration – Removal Reopening – Change Of Country Conditions (access required)

The 4th Circuit reverses the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of a Cameroonian citizen’s motion to reopen his removal proceedings, because the BIA did not explain why petitioner’s new evidence failed to demonstrate a change of country conditions. Jean Marc ...

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