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Tag Archives: Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen

Court Strikes Ban on Same-Sex Marriage (access required)

The Norfolk U.S. District Court strikes Virginia’s constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage. The laws at issue here, referred to as Virginia’s Marriage Laws, include two statutory prohibitions on same-sex unions, and an amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Specifically, ...

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What ‘Windsor’ means for Virginia’s same-sex couples

Same-sex couples want to be able to live wherever they choose and have their relationships recognized in the same manner as heterosexual couples. They and their supporters have carried this fight to statehouses and federal courts around the country. Currently ...

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Gay marriage fight moving to federal appeals courts

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WASHINGTON (AP) The overturning of Virginia’s gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama’s two election victories. It’s no accident that Virginia has become a ...

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Company’s late disclosure prompted judge’s ire (access required)

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Imagine that after five years of litigating a complicated patent case, you’re headed into a jury trial in federal court. Now imagine you represent the plaintiff and you call your first witness. The judge speaks: “Ladies and gentleman of the ...

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‘Force Majeure’ May Apply to Penalties (access required)

In judicial review of a Consent Decree between plaintiff state and federal governments and defendant Hampton Roads Sanitation District covering sanitary sewer discharges that violated the Clean Water Act, the Norfolk U.S. District Court says HRSD may invoke the Consent ...

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