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True statements doom slander of title claim (access required)

Where property owners’ slander of title claim rested on allegedly false statements, but the statements weren’t false, their claim was dismissed. Background This case involves a commercial, retail and residential common plan development known as Celebrate Virginia South, located in ...

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No personal jurisdiction over commission suit (access required)

Although a Virginia-based company alleged it was owed commissions by an Illinois corporation because it assisted in selling over $28 million of personal protective equipment, or PPE, the suit was dismissed because the alleged breach of the agreement concerned entities ...

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Virus exclusion bars coverage for Covid order losses (access required)

Where a salon sought coverage under its business loss policy for losses suffered when it closed because of Covid orders, the insurer prevails because its virus exclusion precluded claims for business losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Background Adorn Barber ...

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Inventorship dispute can’t be decided on summary judgment (access required)

Where the parties disputed who was responsible for contributing to the creation of a certain idea in a patent, and whether that idea was important to the overall patent, the dispute over inventorship could not be resolved on summary judgment. ...

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Fruit producer liable for costs of defending hepatitis outbreak (access required)

Where a strawberry producer guaranteed the quality of strawberries to its “customers,” and a smoothie café qualified as a “customer,” the producer was liable for the attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in defending lawsuits arising from an outbreak of hepatitis ...

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Tax preparer’s use of plaintiff’s trademark was confusing (access required)

Where a tax preparation company offers similar services to those offered by the plaintiff, its use of the plaintiff’s trademark on a Facebook page and pamphlets had the tendency to confuse customers. Background Liberty Tax Service sues several defendants for ...

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One business partner can sue another for RICO conspiracy (access required)

Where one business partner alleged the other partner conspired to fraudulently obtain service-disabled veteran owned small business set-aside contracts, a RICO conspiracy claim survived the motion to dismiss. Background Plaintiff has asserted two RICO counts against Neil Parekh, his business ...

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Intervenor establishes ownership of domain name (access required)

Where a plaintiff named “Huang Zhiyang” alleged he was the owner of domain name 45.com, but an intervenor named “Huang Zhiyang” provided evidence that he was the rightful owner, the court found that the intervenor was the real “Huang Zhiyang” ...

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