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Spending-Limits Patent Is Just Budget Idea (access required)

Capital One Financial Corporation wins summary judgment in Alexandria U.S. District Court in plaintiff’s suit alleging infringement of plaintiff’s patents involving administration of financial accounts and user display access of customized webpages. The claimed invention in the ‘137 patent utilizes ...

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Arbitration Waiver Is for Whistleblowers Only (access required)

A former manager for a government contractor who is suing for age discrimination cannot avoid arbitration under his employment contract by invoking the arbitration waiver provisions for whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Act; the 4th Circuit says Dodd-Frank does not invalidate ...

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No Fraud Claim Against Contractor Employees (access required)

Two counties that hired defendant contractor to expand, install and maintain communications systems for local law enforcement and emergency services, and who allege the contractor substituted inferior, substandard and defective equipment, have failed to state claims for fraud in the ...

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Claim Constructions Issued in Water-Toy Patent Case (access required)

In this litigation over a patent for a “self-propelled figure” used to give water toys a life-like motion, the Norfolk U.S. District Court issues its claim constructions after the court’s Markman hearing. The court construes the disputed terms as follows: ...

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Contractor’s Damages Claim Dismissed (access required)

In plaintiff Projects Management Company’s contract action claiming defendant DynCorp International breached a subcontract, Subcontract 002, by paying invoices for over $1.2 million to a bank account in Lebanon not specifically authorized in Subcontract 002, an Alexandria U.S. District Court ...

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No ‘Safe Harbor’ from Damage Claim (access required)

In this case arising from the receipt of unauthorized distribution of DIRECTV satellite programming to thousands of viewers at Massanutten Resort, orchestrated by defendants Randy Coley and East Coast Cablevision, in which the Harrisonburg U.S. District Court found defendants liable ...

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‘Public Disclosure’ No Bar to FCA Overbilling Claim (access required)

Defendant government contractor’s report to the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General disclosing “unacceptable” time-billing practices, but denying overbilling, was not a “public disclosure” that would bar relator’s suit under the False Claims Act; the Alexandria U.S. District ...

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