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Court lacks jurisdiction over Florida defendants (access required)

Where Florida-based defendants who were sued for trademark infringement by a mortgage services company have not been involved with loans in Virginia, Virginia residents have not registered with or submitted any loan applications through their website and they have not ...

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Agent’s suit claiming Allstate stole his clients is dismissed (access required)

Where an insurance agent sued Allstate for giving his book of business to another agent, but the agency agreement provided that all insurance policies were owned by Allstate, the conversion claim failed as a matter of law. Background Keith Hallacher ...

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Competitors can’t dismiss false advertising claim (access required)

Where two companies that manufacture and sell wood protection products moved to dismiss a third competitor’s suit claiming they engaged in false advertising, their motion was denied because the complaint pleaded that a false representation was made in interstate commerce, ...

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Damages properly awarded for breached agreement (access required)

Where the purchasers did not close on the sale of two commercial buildings, the trial court correctly determined the purchasers breached the sales contract after rejecting their argument that the parties voluntarily terminated the deal. Further, the trial court correctly ...

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Policy doesn’t apply to closures caused by COVID orders (access required)

Where businesses sought insurance coverage for losses related to the partial suspension of their operations, as well as the costs of remediating the threat of COVID-19, the carrier prevailed because a communicable disease caused by a virus does not fall ...

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Lack of evidence dooms trade secret claims (access required)

Where one government contractor alleged a competitor misappropriated trade secrets in order to create a copycat website, but there was no evidence that the defendant government contractor directly shared trade secrets or acquired trade secrets through improper means, the defendants ...

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Website copyright infringement suit dismissed (access required)

Where a company that sells bulk food products alleged a competitor deliberately copied its product categorization system and descriptions from its website, but the defendant lacked any meaningful contacts with Virginia, the copyright infringement suit was dismissed for lack of ...

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Staffing company sued for tortious interference (access required)

Where a staffing company allegedly engaged in “sharp dealing” when it induced employees to breach valid restrictive covenants with their prior employer, the tortious interference claim survived a motion to dismiss. Background Apex Systems LLC alleges that Beacon Hill Staffing ...

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