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Transferred Inmate Can Sue for Damages (access required)

In an inmate’s suit alleging prison officials misused body cavity searches and strip cell conditions and destroyed his personal property in retaliation for his petition protesting prison con­ditions, a Roanoke U.S. District Court finds no grounds for interlocutory in­junctive relief, ...

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Consultant’s Business Tort Counterclaims Dismissed (access required)

Applying the parties’ choice of Mich­igan law in this contract dispute be­tween Virginia and Michigan corporate consultants, an Alexandria U.S. District Court says defendant Michigan com­pany fails to allege specific contracts breached or illegal or fraudulent acts to support its ...

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Collateral Estoppel No Bar to Standing Defense (access required)

In plaintiff company’s challenge to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision rejecting the patentability of inventions claims in plaintiff ’s ‘161 ap­plication, the PTO’s defense of lack of standing is not barred by the doctrine of collateral estoppel, says ...

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