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NASA contractor’s trade-secrets suit proceeds (access required)

The court denied Defendant Orbital ATK Inc.’s motion to dismiss several claims related to trade secrets and computer crimes, arising from its employee accessing Plaintiff Space Systems/Loral LLC’s proprietary information on a NASA server used by both companies. Space Systems ...

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“Hate group” designation not commercial speech (access required)

A philanthropy guide’s publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” designation for Plaintiff Liberty Counsel is not grounds for liability under the Lanham Act, the court held. Liberty Counsel is a nonprofit education, advocacy, and legal defense organization ...

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Distinct proof standards for successor-liability theories (access required)

In prior litigation, Plaintiff La Bella Dona Skin Care Inc. won a substantial aggregate judgment against its former employees (judgment debtors) and their new, competing business, Bon Air Med Spa LLC. The judgment debtors were represented by the law firm ...

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Members’ Acts Ratified by Corporate Conduct (access required)

Certain corporate members’ management of a construction project was ratified by sufficient other members, according to majority rule as defined in the corporate operating agreement. Claims challenging such ratified conduct were dismissed. The parties are joint venturers who formed a ...

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Noncompete Void for ‘Independent Contractor’ (access required)

An employer cannot enforce a noncom­pete provision in a speech therapist’s con­tract; the provision is overbroad and is void as the contract misclassifying the defen­dant speech therapist as an independent contractor violates Virginia public policy, says a Fairfax Circuit Court. ...

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Fees Awarded Under Vienna Metro Matrix (access required)

In this complex litigation alleging de­fendant breached a purchase agreement by not allocating for plaintiff’s use cer­tain density rights subsequent to changes in Fairfax County’s 2010 comprehensive plan, a Fairfax Circuit Court says defen­dant may amend its answer to cite ...

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Owners Have VCPA, Fraud Claims Against Contractor (access required)

Owners who hired defendant contractor to build a recreational facility with a bat­ting cage, swimming pool, exercise area and bathroom may sue the contractor for fraud in the inducement and violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, based on allegations ...

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Government Contractor’s $11.9M Award Set Aside (access required)

An Amended Teaming Agreement be­tween plaintiff, a large government con­tractor, and defendant, a woman-owned small business contractor, to work togeth­er for defendant to win a prime contract to provide visa support services, was an agreement to agree, and not an ...

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