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Company Claims Research Contract Fraud (access required)

In this dispute over a company’s contract with a university research fund, the contractor states a counterclaim for fraud with allegations that plaintiff university misrepresented whether its process for converting vegetable oils into biodiesel was ready for commercialization, but the ...

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Court Sees ‘Judicial Admission’ in Pleadings, Brief (access required)

In a contract for plaintiff VIA design firm to perform architectural services for development of a historical building in downtown Norfolk, defendant U.S. Development Company cannot now deny it was a party to the contract; the Norfolk U.S. District Court ...

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Arbitrator Can Decide ‘Arbitrability’ (access required)

In plaintiff’s suit seeking to terminate its requirements contract with defendant Ethyl Corporation for a lead-based fuel additive, the Richmond U.S. District Court says the contract’s arbitration clause commits questions of arbitrability to the arbitrator, and the court dismisses plaintiff’s ...

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Patent Case Transferred for ‘Customer Suit’ (access required)

Although plaintiff’s patent infringement suits involving technology for no-envelope cash and check deposits in automated teller machines were first-filed in Virginia federal courts, the Norfolk U.S. District Court applies the “customer suit” exception and transfers these cases to a federal ...

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Sub Sues Over ‘Teaming Agreement’ Language (access required)

Language in the various provisions of the parties’ “Teaming Agreement” does not resolve whether defendant contracted to hire plaintiff as a subcontractor if awarded a contract, or if the parties had merely “agreed to agree,” and the Richmond Circuit Court ...

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