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Writ of habeas corpus dismissed (access required)

A man convicted of grand larceny failed to prove ineffective assistance of counsel and other errors that would warrant habeas relief. Background Mark Wright was indicted upon several charges including a charge of robbery in violation of Code § 18.2-58. ...

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Healthcare providers challenge state abortion rules (access required)

Five abortion providers challenging Virginia’s regulatory framework as overly burdensome may proceed with their claims. Background This is an action filed by five Virginia healthcare providers’ who offer abortion care or services seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from what they ...

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“We buy houses” trademark invalidated (access required)

Although “We buy houses” is a registered trademark, it is now widely used to describe services provided rather than a source of services, which makes it generic, not distinctive. Background Plaintiff Express Homebuyers has been in the house-buying industry since ...

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Jurisdiction established over health plan’s claim (access required)

The Court of Federal Claims, and not federal district court, has jurisdiction over an employee health plan’s suit seeking a refund under the Affordable Care Act. Background The Electrical Welfare Trust Fund is a self-administered, self-insured employee health and welfare ...

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Airport Authority properly using toll revenues (access required)

The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority defeated a challenge to its use of toll funds for metro services to Dulles airport. Background Appellants here have raised a variety of constitutional and statutory challenges to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority’s ability to use ...

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