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New Bankruptcy Rules went into effect Dec. 1 (access required)

Starting on Dec. 1, seven changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure went into effect. The rules (see “Seven Changes” list, below) are intended to clear the controversy in some bankruptcy rules, and create uniformity by requiring revisions to ...

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‘Notice’ provision not triggered by draft legal complaint (access required)

An employer did not forfeit coverage for an employment discrimination suit when it waited until a legal complaint hit the court to notify the carrier. The insurance company, Philadelphia Indemnity, refused to defend the eventual suit. It said the employer ...

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Portsmouth discrimination claim fails – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, an African-American female over 40, was an employee of the Portsmouth Assessor’s office. She had had several disagreements with fellow employees. She was ultimately terminated for refusing to perform a work assignment, claiming that it was someone else’s job. ...

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Eight-figure fraud verdict returned in Bonn bonds case – $96,400,000 Verdict (access required)

An Alexandria federal jury returned a verdict on Oct. 27, 2011 of $96,400,000 in favor of Honua Investment Management, Inc. and its bondholders who were defrauded by Man Ki Kim, a McLean businessman. The case was tried over a period ...

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Jury finds for car-seat maker in high-profile Abingdon case (access required)

An Abingdon federal jury last week rejected claims that a $50 child car seat was defective, closing the door on a $50-million claim for damages for an 8-year-old girl who suffered devastating brain damage in a 2009 auto accident. The ...

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Senate candidate sues for inclusion in debate (access required)

ALEXANDRIA–A U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia has sued media organizations for the right to take part in a debate scheduled for next month. Businessman Julien Modica, a Democrat from Reston, wants a federal judge to force the organizers to cancel ...

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Lawyer’s patent infringement claim against Twitter fails – Defense Verdict (access required)

The suit against Twitter was brought by Virginia-based VS Technologies LLC, which was formed by intellectual property lawyer Dinesh Agarwal, who obtained a patent in 2002 for “an interactive virtual community of famous people.” He sought $40 million in damages ...

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