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Preliminary Injunction – Employees – Trade Secrets – Confidentiality (access required)

Integrated Global Services Inc. v. Mayo (VLW No. 017-3-468, 18 pp.) (Lauck, J.) 3:17-cv-563; E.D. Va. Holding: Where an employee executed a confidentiality agreement with his employer governing the use, non-disclosure and return of company information and property but, upon ...

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Motion for Sanctions – Failure to Convey Settlement Offer – Reasonable Fees (access required)

Blowers v. Lerner (VLW No. 017-3-469, 17 pp.)(Lee, J.) 1:15-cv-889; E.D. Va. Holding:  On a motion for sanctions against respondent opposing plaintiff’s counsel for failure to convey a settlement offer, the court may after dismissing substantive claims retain jurisdiction to ...

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Subject Matter Jurisdiction – Supervised Probation – Waivable Defect (access required)

Silvious v. Commonwealth (VLW No. 017-7-230-UP, 8 pp.) (Decker, J.) Record No. 1518-16-3. Appeal from the Circuit Court of Rockingham County (Wilson, J.) Holding: Where the circuit court may have committed error in the way in which it extended the ...

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Error – Reduced Charge – Ends of Justice Exception to Failure to Preserve Argument (access required)

Jones, S/K/A Jake Robert Jones v. Commonwealth (VLW No. 017-7-231-UP, 9 pp.) (Alston, J.) Record No. 0837-16-3. Appeal from the Circuit Court of Roanoke County (Swanson, J.) Holding: Where the plaintiff-appellant was convicted for misdemeanor interference with the property rights ...

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Informing Jury Panel of Penalty Ranges during Voir Dire – Trial Judge’s Discretion – Jury Nullification (access required)

Commonwealth v. Hockett Barela (VLW No. 017-8-089, 12 pp.) Fairfax.Cir.Ct. (Bernhard, J.) MI-2017-4 Holding: Where the trial court’s discretion to inform juries of penalty ranges during voir dire is not circumscribed except by the abuse of discretion standard, and there ...

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Dismissal Based on Sovereign Immunity – Third-Party Claim Not Derivative (access required)

Glover v. Hryniewich and the City of Norfolk, Virginia v. Willard Marine, Inc. and SAFE Boats International, LLC (VLW No. 017-8-090, 7 pp.) (Lannetti, J.) CL16-3262-00/01/02/03 Holding: Where the complaint against defendant and third-party plaintiff-city was dismissed based on immunity ...

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SCC plans to cut fees for copies of records

The State Corporation Commission proposes to reduce fees for providing copies of its records. The commission is considering a plan to provide up to 25 pages of paper copies without charge. The current charge is 50 cents per page. The ...

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Granger to manage Hunton Richmond office

Hunton & Williams has named Douglas S. Granger as managing partner of the firm’s Richmond office. The Richmond office includes business law, litigation and regulatory practices and has 450 employees, including 225 attorneys, according to a firm news release. Granger’s ...

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LeClairRyan adds workers’ comp unit (access required)

The Richmond-based LeClairRyan has taken in a 14-lawyer workers’ compensation practice based in Fort Lauderdale. Joining LeClair as partners from the Pizzo & Haman firm are Christopher L. Pizzo and Benjamin “Clark” Haman, LeClair said in a news release. Pizzo ...

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