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Court Upholds 25-Percent Local Machinery Tax (access required)

A divided Supreme Court of Virginia upholds a commissioner of revenue’s figures for taxation of appellant refin­ery’s machinery and tools for the coun­ty’s machinery and tools tax under Va. Code § 58.2-3507(A), using a figure of 25 percent of original ...

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Fiancée Can Sue for Return of Ring (access required)

Virginia’s “heart balm” statute does not prevent a man from suing his for­mer fiancée for return of a two-carat engagement ring valued at $26,000; the Supreme Court of Virginia affirms judg­ment for plaintiff. Virginia previously recognized suits for breach of ...

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Brokerage Customers Must Arbitrate Claims (access required)

Although plaintiffs contend their signatures on a brokerage account ap­plication were forged, their reliance on and receipt of benefits from their con­tract for the account estops them from repudiating the contract’s arbitration clause, which is enforceable despite vio­lation of FINRA ...

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Constructive Trust Imposed on Attorney-in-Fact (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court imposes a constructive trust against a woman’s niece and former attor­ney-in-fact who allegedly used $573,729 of the woman’s personal funds to pay for home improvements and personal ex­penses; plaintiffs, the woman’s current attorneys-in- fact, have ...

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Parties Waived Nonsolicitation Clause (access required)

In plaintiff Computer Sciences Corpo­ration’s suit alleging its former execu­tive defrauded it in reference to a prohi­bition on associating with a competitor, Cognizant Technology Solutions, with whom he already was discussing a new job, an Alexandria U.S. District Court says ...

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