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Maritime Violence Counts Not ‘Multiplicitous’ (access required)

In this prosecution of Somali defendants for piracy and related crimes, a Norfolk U.S. District Court refuses to dismiss as multiplicitous four counts charging defendants with Violence Against Maritime Navigation, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2280(a)(1)(G). Defendants argue these ...

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Court Applies ‘Customary’ Sea Limit in Piracy Case (access required)

In this prosecution of Somali defendants for piracy and related crimes, a Norfolk U.S. District Court finds that a limit of 12 nautical miles describes the territorial sea limit under customary international law; although the U.S. has not signed a ...

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Kidnapping is Lesser Included Offense of Hostage-Taking (access required)

In this prosecution of Somali defendants for piracy and related crimes, a Norfolk U.S. District Court finds that the Kidnapping Statute and the Hostage Taking Statute impermissibly overlap for purposes of double jeopardy because kidnapping is a lesser included offense ...

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Trademark Claim Support Alter Ego Theory (access required)

A softball association has stated a claim against an individual defendant based on a theory that he is the alter ego for defendant softball organization, supported in part by the association’s claims for trademark infringement. Plaintiff York Amateur Softball Association ...

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Former Franchisees Must Pay Attorney’s Fees (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court orders former franchisees, who were required to return to franchisor customer lists, customer tax returns, files and an operations manual for the tax preparation service, to pay $9,261 in attorney’s fees to plaintiff franchisor. Plaintiff ...

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