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Tort – Business Torts – Government Contractor (access required)

A government IT contractor cannot sue defendant competitor for tortious interference with contract because the purchase orders at issue were at-will and contained no non-solicitation clauses that prohibited defendant from soliciting plaintiff’s personnel, and an Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses ...

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Criminal – Threat Against FBI – Supervised Release Conditions (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds defendant’s conviction for threatening federal officials for calls he made to the Fredericksburg, Va., FBI office threatening to mutilate or kill FBI personnel unless they paid him; but the court vacates the special conditions imposed by ...

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Criminal – Grand Jury – Document Subpoena – Congressman’s Staff (access required)

The 4th Circuit unseals a March 2007 opinion that affirmed the district court’s refusal to quash a grand jury subpoena for documents from the chief of staff of a U.S. Congressman under investigation for bribery and related crimes. This proceeding ...

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Civil Rights – First Amendment – Reporter – School Ban – Defamation (access required)

An Abingdon U.S. District Court denies defendant school board summary judgment in this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit filed by a reported banned from entering school property because he wrote articles critical of the school administration, but the court dismisses ...

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Circuit City bankruptcy: Debtors win one, lose one (access required)

The Circuit City case is winding its way through federal bankruptcy court in Richmond, with a couple of interesting rulings handed down in recent weeks. In a significant decision sorting out classes of creditors, Judge Kevin R. Huennekens said on ...

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Municipal – Landfill Closing – Public Procurement Act (access required)

A trucking company eligible to bid on a county contract to be one of five “franchisees” to collect garbage has standing as a “bidder or offeror” to challenge the county’s extension of contracts with existing franchisees three years beyond the ...

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