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Intellectual Property – Anticybersquatting Act – Domain Name Violation – Attorney’s Fees (access required)

In its successful suit under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, for illegal use of a domain name, plaintiff Citigroup Inc. is entitled to $57,895 in attorney’s fees and $1,172 in costs, under 15 U.S.C. § 1117(d), says an Alexandria U.S. ...

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Contract – False Claims Act – Sealed Complaint – First Amendment (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court says the requirement under the False Claims Act that a qui tam relator’s complaint be temporarily sealed at the initial filing does not violated plaintiff public-interest groups’ First Amendment rights, and plaintiffs lack standing to ...

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Bankruptcy – Law Firm Interest Sale – Insider Status (access required)

Although an affidavit by an attorney who contracted to buy debtor law firm alleged that the attorney selling his interest in the firm continued to be employed by debtor, that he assisted in financial matters and continued to interact with ...

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Intellectual Property – Trademark Infringement – Flooring Supplier (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court grants plaintiff national flooring company summary judgment on defendant’s counterclaim seeking cancellation of one of plaintiff’s trademarks for advertising its wares, but denies summary judgment on additional counts. Lumber Liquidators (LL), a national company that ...

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Employment Discrimination – Title VII – Hostile Environment – Policewoman – Vicarious Liability (access required)

A magistrate judge for the Richmond U.S. District Court denies defendant city’s motion to be dismissed from a policewoman’s Title VII suit alleging hostile work environment; because the harassing conduct alleged in the complaint was effectuated by a supervisor, vicarious ...

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Real Estate – Commercial Lease – Extension – ‘Procuring Cause’ (access required)

After a bench trial in plaintiff real estate agency’s contract action against defendant medical building, alleging defendant refused to pay commissions following consummation of a commercial leasing deal, an Alexandria U.S. District Court holds for defendant Potomac Medical Building LLC ...

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Administrative – Vessel Endorsement – Coast Guard – Collateral Order (access required)

In this appeal by the U.S. Coast Guard, the 4th Circuit says the district court erred in rejecting the agency’s interpretation of the regulatory scheme governing issuance of coastwise endorsements to vessels, for participation in nautical trade between points in ...

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Civil Rights – Incarcerated Minors – Sexual Assaults – Gross Negligence (access required)

A Newport News Circuit Court grants summary judgment to defendant correctional officials in this civil right suit alleging gross negligence in the classification of plaintiff minors and their assailants, that led to sexual assaults on the two minors by their ...

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Tort – Defamation – Wrongful Discharge – Consumer Protection Statutes (access required)

A former director of national accounts for a company that provided credit screening and customer leads to car dealers, who claims he was unfairly blamed when the company lost clients after it turned off its credit screening to boost leads ...

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Search & Seizure – Terry Stop – Undercover Drug Buy (access required)

Based on a drug seller’s description of his source for crack cocaine as two black men, one with dreadlocks and the other with a baseball cap and a Mongoose bicycle, police were justified in stopping two men matching that description ...

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