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Security Contractor’s FTCA Suit Dismissed (access required)

In a private security contractor’s defamation suit against the U.S. involving an allegedly defamatory email, the Norfolk U.S. District Court dismisses the suit because the plaintiff contractor failed to exhaust administrative remedies as required by the Federal Tort Claims Act. ...

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Security Contractor’s FTCA Suit Dismissed (access required)

In a private security contractor’s defamation suit against the U.S. involving an allegedly defamatory email, the Norfolk U.S. District Court dismisses the suit because the plaintiff contractor failed to exhaust administrative remedies as required by the Federal Tort Claims Act. ...

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Patent Defendant Can Allege ‘Inequitable Conduct’ (access required)

In this patent infringement case involving a drug to treat erectile dysfunction, a Norfolk U.S. District Court says defendant may amend its answer and counterclaim to allege that the ‘012 patent is invalid because plaintiff engaged in inequitable conduct during ...

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Pollution Exclusion Bars Coverage for Drywall Claim (access required)

A builder that repaired damage from Chinese drywall installed by a subcontractor can’t collect a $4.9 million judgment from the sub’s CGL and umbrella insurance policies; a Norfolk U.S. District Court says the policies’ “pollution exclusion” is not ambiguous and ...

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Court Orders Access to Voter Applications (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to a voting rights advocacy group that alleges the Norfolk General Registrar has violated the National Voter Registration Act’s “Public Disclosure Provision” by denying access to records of applications for voter registration. ...

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Drywall Repairs Are ‘Occurrence’ Under CGL Policy (access required)

In a builder’s suit to enforce a $4.9 million arbitration award against insurance carriers for a drywall subcontractor who used defective Chinese drywall that damaged 74 homes, a Norfolk U.S. District Court says replacement of the defective drywall is not ...

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