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Canadian Firm Hit For $23.1M In Patent Infringement Suit (access required)

In November, a federal jury in Richmond ordered the Canadian company that manufactures the popular BlackBerry handheld e-mail device to pay Virginia-based NTP Inc. $23.1 for infringing on eight of the Virginia company’s patents. NTP had claimed that the Canadian ...

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Richmond Scam Victims Receive $8.57M Award (access required)

A wrathful Richmond jury hit a group of local religious figures with an $8.57 million verdict for defrauding investors in an elaborate Ponzi scheme. Drawing on their links to area churches, the group touted an “investment debenture program” that promised ...

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NN Jury Awards Record Verdict For Wrongful Death (access required)

Continuing the trend of increasing wrongful death verdicts, a Newport News jury awarded $6.36 million to the mother of an infant who died of an aneurysm not long after the child’s birth. During her third pregnancy, the woman, a stay-at-home ...

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General Assembly (access required)

Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore last week released his agenda for the 2003 General Assembly session, with the ongoing battle against identity theft as one of his signature initiatives. Affecting approximately one in five Americans, identity theft is estimated to ...

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The Fine Print (access required)

LEGALLY SPEAKING By David Dempsey Miranda Publishing $49.95 Unlike many “how-to” guidebooks – which often put the “less” in lifeless prose – David Dempsey’s “Legally Speaking” provides a lively blueprint for successful oral presentations anywhere from the courtroom to the ...

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Terrorism Trials Shine Spotlight On Virginia (access required)

The government’s effort to eradicate terrorism has been front-page news from the moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. And while this ongoing story – really, a series of stories with a common thread ...

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Changes In Virginia Law Subtle In '02 (access required)

Although 2002 has not been a year for blockbuster cases, there have been certain incremental shifts in the law. For lawyers who like to look for such subtleties, the following list of interesting cases reported in the past year may ...

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The VSB: A Look Back At The Bar In 2002 (access required)

The Virginia State Bar saw two major projects end with different results during 2002. And a third is close to resolution. One big project was approved: A consolidation of the rules that govern lawyer disciplinary proceedings was adopted by the ...

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The Best Of 2002 (access required)

So what was the biggest news story in the Virginia legal world during 2002? This year, we’re going to let you tell us. Below, we have selected 10 significant stories from the past year, along with a brief explanation for ...

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In-House Counsel Pay Is Down, Bonuses Up (access required)

The 2003 Altman Weil Law Department Compensation Benchmarking Survey of American corporate law departments was released last week and the annual survey is a good news-bad news proposition. Salaries for corporate lawyers are down. But there have been significant increases ...

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