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Drug conspiracy conviction supported by the record (access required)

Where the testimony of co-conspirators and cooperating witnesses, as well as recorded conversations involving the defendant supported a man’s conviction for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, the conviction was affirmed. Background Tony Chevallier appeals his conviction and sentencing for conspiracy to ...

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Plaintiffs lack standing to bring Medicaid reimbursement suit (access required)

Plaintiffs lacked standing to challenge changes to Virginia’s Medicaid reimbursement rates and their applicability to emergency rooms and hospital readmissions via a declaratory judgment action. Background This suit involves the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Medicaid reimbursement rates and their applicability to ...

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Insurer had no duty under policy rescinded before accident (access required)

Where the automobile policy was effectively rescinded because the insured failed to pay the policy premium and ignored follow-up letters, the carrier had no duty with respect to a subsequent car accident. Background Plaintiff sought a declaration that it does ...

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Judge refuses to recuse himself in high-profile infringement suit (access required)

Although Cisco Systems, which was sued for patent infringement, argued the trial judge should recuse himself after he discovered his spouse owned shares of Cisco and one of its competitors, the motion was denied because a reasonable person would not ...

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Cisco’s patent infringement results in award over $1.8B (access required)

A company that demonstrated that Cisco Systems infringed four of its patents covering complex computer networking security functions was awarded over $755 million in damages. Because Cisco’s infringement was willful, this amount was multiplied 2½ times, resulting in a total ...

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