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Municipal – Interjurisdictional Agreement – Manassas Courthouse Complex (access required)

Although the City of Manassas retained jurisdiction over the local “Courthouse Complex” when it changed from “town” status to “city” status in 1975, the city is required under a 1975 agreement with Prince William County to cede jurisdiction over the ...

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Banks & Banking – Lender's Deficiency Judgment – 'Acts' Triggering Recourse – Bankruptcy Petition (access required)

Recourse provisions in a promissory note given by a real estate joint venture and held by the FDIC were triggered when a partner in the joint venture filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against the joint venture and resisted the FDIC’s ...

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Civil Practice – Statute Of Repose – Retroactive Amendment – Oregon Law (access required)

An Oregon statute that retroactively amended the statute of repose to exclude manufacturers of intrauterine birth control devices as a protected class of defendants does not violate due process, and an Oregon woman is allowed to reinstate her claim against ...

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Administrative – Military Health Benefits – Denial Of Benefits – Breast Cancer Treatment (access required)

The federally-regulated CHAMPUS program, which provides health care coverage for military dependents, cannot deny treatment for plaintiff’s advanced breast cancer on the ground that the treatment, “high-dose chemotherapy with peripheral stem cell rescue,” has not been proven effective by “Phase ...

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Intellectual Property – Patent License Negotiations – Government Contract (access required)

An engineering company’s claim that the U.S. Army’s position in negotiating patent license rights to pontoon modules is “arbitrary and capricious” is dismissed. The company’s present declaratory judgment action grows out of a dispute that arose during the company’s patent ...

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Products Liability – Evidence – Flash Fire – Smoking In Area (access required)

At a products-liability trial involving a flash fire and explosion that occurred while plaintiff applied an adhesive in a rubber company’s “tank lining bay,” the defendants may introduce evidence of smoking in the area on the day of the accident, ...

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