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Jurisdiction – Long-Arm Statute – Packaging Manufactured In Virginia (access required)

Although defendant, a family-owned California tea company, contends that when it negotiated two packaging contracts with the plaintiff manufacturer, whose principal place of business is in Virginia, the California company dealt only minimally with the manufacturer’s Virginia employees and that ...

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Partnerships – Release Of Partnership – General Partner's Release – Tortious Interference – Former In-House Lawyer (access required)

Where an in-house lawyer for a Texas oil company and the company settled their Texas state court litigation over the lawyer’s termination, the release in that case of a partnership made up of a wholly owned subsidiary of the Texas ...

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Contract – Substantial Performance – Conveyor Belt (access required)

Where plaintiff agreed to construct, deliver and install an electric conveyor system for defendant by a certain date, but plaintiff missed the deadline for installation by several weeks and the conveyor system never was fully functional, plaintiff did not substantially ...

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Criminal – Sentencing – Error In Criminal History – Resentencing (access required)

Where petitioner’s trial counsel failed to object in 1991 to the trial court’s erroneous calculation of petitioner’s criminal history, and the net result of application of the current guidelines likely would be a lower sentence for petitioner, the petitioner’s earlier ...

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Insurance – Exclusionary Clause – Consent-To-Settle – Md. Law (access required)

Where plaintiff’s uninsured/underinsured motorist endorsement on his auto liability policy excluded coverage when the insured “settled with anyone who may be liable for damages, without our written consent,” under the controlling Maryland law, this exclusionary clause applies to the plaintiff’s ...

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Domestic Relations – Res Judicata – Equitable Distribution – Valuation (access required)

Although the trial court sustained husband’s demurrer to wife’s original and amended divorce complaints alleging husband’s constructive desertion, that ruling was not a res judicata bar to wife’s later cross-bill seeking a no-fault divorce on the ground of a one-year ...

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Criminal – Passenger In Stolen Car – Guilty Knowledge (access required)

Although defendant was one of three persons who fled when the police followed their car into a residential driveway, the evidence proved that defendant was merely a backseat passenger in the four-door vehicle, and because there is no substantive evidence ...

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