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New judges confirmed to federal bench (access required)

Three Virginia federal judgeships have been filled recently as the U.S. Senate confirmed more of President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees. Patricia Tolliver Giles and Michael S. Nachmanoff were confirmed to seats on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District ...

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First impression: Absolute privilege may apply to lis pendens (access required)

Answering a question of first impression, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the filing of a lis pendens is part of a judicial proceeding for purposes of establishing absolute privilege against a defamation claim. However, Judge William C. Mims ...

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Three to receive CLEO EDGE Honors Awards (access required)

Virginia attorneys Evangeline Mitchell, Yolanda Hawkins-Bautista and Cuong Quy Huynh have been selected as the winners of the 2021 CLEO EDGE Awards. They will receive their awards during the CLEO EDGE Virtual Honors Reception on Nov. 18. The Council on ...

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Ex-firefighter gets $390K settlement for wrongful arrest (access required)

A former Washington, D.C., firefighter who spent almost two years in jail after a wrongful arrest following a traffic stop in Fairfax County will receive $390,000 after reaching a settlement with the county. The officer who initiated the stop was ...

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Injuries did not arise from employment (access required)

An employee who was in a head-on collision while driving to a work assignment did not face any greater risk than others on the highway, and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission made the correct call when it held that the ...

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Punitive damages claim survives demurrers (access required)

A claim for punitive damages in a wrongful termination case is allowed to proceed after surviving demurrers from the defendant employer. An additional claim by the plaintiff for attorney fees was not allowed to proceed after the defendant’s demurrer was ...

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Moving forward: Patent infringement claim against Fitbit will proceed (access required)

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A federal judge has ruled that infringement claims brought against a manufacturer of wearable fitness technology can proceed despite the asserted patents being directed to “abstract ideas.” Plaintiff Philips North America accused defendant Fitbit of infringing patents for a method ...

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