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Court lacks jurisdiction over NC-based defendants (access required)

Where a company and individual sued for violations of the Lanham Act, defamation, tortious interference with plaintiffs’ prospective business advantages and relationships and business conspiracy did not purposefully avail themselves of the benefits and privileges of Virginia law, there was ...

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Consultant awarded $1.9M for zoning approval services (access required)

Where a reasonable person would conclude a consultant was entitled to compensation after he fully performed under the parties’ contract, the court did not err in awarding damages using unjust enrichment principles. Background In connection with two undeveloped parcels of ...

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Designer can be sued for allegedly overcharging (access required)

Where homeowners alleged their interior designer inflated expenses without their knowledge, and that they were forced to hire another design team and spend significant sums addressing her inability to complete the job, their breach of contract claim survived the motion ...

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Parties dispute if ‘cure period’ was satisfied (access required)

Where there were disputed issues of fact over whether a subcontractor hired to perform renovation work at Arlington National Cemetery was provided with a legitimate chance to remedy deficiencies during a three-day “cure period” required by the subcontract, summary judgment ...

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Company’s suit not barred by statute of frauds (access required)

Where a security company alleged that the Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, or LRHA, failed to pay for 24 surveillance cameras, LRHA’s statute of frauds argument was rejected because the complaint alleged part performance. Background This case is a contract ...

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Exculpation clause bars claims against developers (access required)

Where plaintiffs alleged that property developers interfered with their rights related to land in a commercial, retail and residential planned development, several claims were dismissed because of an exculpation clause in the property owners association, or POA, declaration. Background This ...

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Refusal to reinstate PCT application arbitrary (access required)

Where the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, refused to reinstate the plaintiffs’ patent cooperation treaty, or PCT, application after they paid the required fees, that was arbitrary and capricious. The office had granted relief to at least ...

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