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Securities – Fraud – Securities Violations – Company's Projected Earnings (access required)

Where plaintiff purchasers are suing defendant corporation and its officials for securities and common-law fraud based on certain representations concerning the company’s projected earnings, defendants are entitled to summary judgment on all claims because the evidence indicates defendants’ statements were ...

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Taxation – Estate Tax – Value Of Author's Name (access required)

Where the Internal Revenue Service valued the name of the author, a master of the genre of popular fiction called “children in jeopardy,” as an asset of her estate worth $1.24 million on the date of her death, this amount ...

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Employment – Workers' Comp – ERISA Preemption – Temporary Employees (access required)

Although plaintiff, a company that provides employee benefits to temporary workers under a “Co-Employment Agreement,” contends that it is not subject to Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act provisions, Va. Code § 65.2-801, requiring security for its plan of workers’ comp coverage ...

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Bankruptcy – Trustee's Abandonment – Hazardous Waste Cleanup (access required)

Where the trustee sought to recover alleged fraudulent transfers made to a guarantor, and the guarantor responded with counterclaims alleging the trustee was negligent in allowing a spill of a hazardous solution used in debtor’s wood-treating plant and that the ...

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Property – Trespass – Punitive Damages (access required)

Where the president of defendant development corporation, despite notice as to plaintiff’s ownership of a parcel of land the president needed in order to “square up” a lot he wanted for his personal use, arranged with another principal to acquire ...

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Administrative – SCC – Federal Liability Risk Retention Act – Court Of Competent Jurisdiction (access required)

Where the Virginia State Corporation Commission, on petition from the Bureau of Insurance, enjoined plaintiff risk retention group from issuing new policies of insurance and other coverage in Virginia until the company restores its surplus to the minimum monetary amount ...

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Workers' Comp – Discharge From Selective Employment – Non-Job-Related Health Problems (access required)

Although claimant who had accepted selective employment from her employer after her job-related injury, was terminated from the selective employment for her absenteeism due to health problems arising from an auto accident and not from the work-related injuries, claimant nevertheless ...

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Criminal – Concealed Weapon – Knife's Appearance (access required)

Where the trial court concluded that the broken spring-bladed knife which stuck out from defendant’s back pocket one-half to three-quarters of an inch was of such deceptive appearance as to disguise the weapon’s true nature, and defendant therefore was guilty ...

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