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Hidden dangers lurk on trusted Web sites

Could your Web browsing habits be putting your firm at risk? Clicking on an unfamiliar link, opening a questionable attachment or downloading a corrupt application could potentially install malicious software onto your computer, expose confidential data and cost you or ...

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Justice Stevens to retire

Justice John Paul Stevens made official today what he had given strong indications that he planned to do for almost a year: retire from the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s the text of his letter to President Obama: My dear Mr. ...

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Intellectual Property?

Last week while I was out in my yard, I found a magnolia leaf with a curious marking. So, now Mother Nature is copyrighting her leaves? Would this fall under artistic works? Maybe discovery or invention? Most definitely an innovation ...

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Virginia homeowners awarded $2.6 million for drywall claims

Seven Virginia families who claimed their homes were damaged by tainted Chinese drywall have won a $2.6-million award against a Chinese manufacturer. The 108-page decision by New Orleans federal Judge Eldon Fallon is expected to serve as a guide for ...

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Governor pix open for clicks

The life of a Virginia governor is one of unending public appearances, with a little excitement thrown in from time to time. That’s the impression, anyway, from the hundreds of photographs of Gov. Bob McDonnell, now available on his own ...

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Fairfax lawyers lobby for court funding

The Fairfax Bar Association is urging members to tell county supervisors not to cut money for five circuit court law clerks. A proposed letter to the county leaders warns of “draconian” delays in case handling if the proposed budget cut ...

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Moon strikes another blow for judicial openness

U.S. District Judge Norman Moon has again declined an invitation to pull a cloak over the process of civil litigation in his court. Moon last week refused to seal records of a settlement in a Fair Labor Standards Act case ...

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Writ granted in Gloucester appeal

Virginia Beach appellate specialist Steve Emmert won’t have to drive to Richmond tomorrow to make a 10-minute argument after all. He was notified this morning that the Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear his appeal of sanctions awarded ...

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