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Nursing Student’s Free Speech Claim Advances (access required)

A nursing student who complained in class and to administrators about qualified instructors leaving the program, to be replaced by unqualified instructors, and who alleges she was subjected to a phony student misconduct charge in retaliation, states a claim against ...

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No Finding of Confusion Over Mark (access required)

In plaintiff Virginia company’s suit alleging defendants, a Taiwanese corporation and two Washington state corporations, infringed plaintiff’s registered mark “VIVE” for its software, by marketing an “HTC Vive” headset, an Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment for defendant, as ...

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Expert Excluded on Mark ‘Confusion’ Claim (access required)

In plaintiff Virginia company’s suit alleging defendants, a Taiwanese corporation and two Washington state corporations, infringed on plaintiff’s registered mark “VIVE” for its software, by marketing an “HTC Vive” headset, an Alexandria U.S. District Court excludes plaintiff’s proffered expert’s opinions, ...

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Internet Sales Allow Virginia Federal Suit (access required)

In plaintiffs’ suit alleging a Texas company unlawfully used plaintiff’s engraving designs, trademarks and products lines for miniaturized bourbon barrels that allow individuals to age and flavor their own liquor, defendant’s purposeful conduct – setting up an interactive website accessible ...

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Protective Order Issued in Post-Conviction Motion (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court declines to bifurcate proceedings on petitioner’s § 2255 motion contending his lawyers provided constitutionally ineffective assistance of counsel, but the court will grant petitioner’s motion for a protective order as it grants the government’s motion ...

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‘Redistricting’ Plaintiffs Win $1.3M in Fees, Costs (access required)

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s dismissal of an appeal of a three-judge panel’s decision that Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District reflects an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, the panel lifts the stay on its earlier award of $779,189.39 in attorney’s ...

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