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DuPont can protect its trade secrets, wins largest verdict ever in Virginia (access required)

DuPont, the chemical giant, hopes to send a “landmark” message about respecting trade secrets with a historic $919.9-million Virginia verdict this month. A Richmond federal jury returned the award after an eight-week trial featuring claims of international industrial espionage involving ...

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Conviction reversed for lawyer who lied on pro hac application

A federal appeals court finds it a “close question” whether a lawyer can be convicted of obstruction of justice for conveniently omitting his prior disciplinary record in seeking pro hac vice status in a Virginia case. A three-judge panel of ...

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Patent Lawyers Launch New IP Inn of Court (access required)

One lawyer’s desire to provide a proper Alexandria welcome to the massive federal patent office comes to fruition next month with the start of the Pauline Newman Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. Ronald W. Stern is not even a ...

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Ballou named federal magistrate judge

Roanoke lawyer Robert S. Ballou has been selected as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia to replace Michael Urbanski, who was recently elevated to the district court bench. Ballou is a partner with the Roanoke firm ...

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Ballou named federal magistrate judge

Roanoke lawyer Robert S. Ballou has been selected as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia to replace Michael Urbanski, who was recently elevated to the district court bench. Ballou is a partner with the Roanoke firm ...

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