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Patent owner could sue distributor who sold copycat product (access required)

Where the owner of a patent for a radiation shield provided a distributor with products to use for a demonstration and copyrighted photos to use in its marketing materials and the distributor then altered the photographs to sell its own ...

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Jury instruction error in defamation case (access required)

A defamation verdict against appellant is reversed because three statements submitted to the jury had previously been ruled as nonactionable statements of opinion. Background Handberg retained Goldberg to advocate for his son, who attended Loudon County Public Schools. Goldberg supplemented ...

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Altered assignments of error disapproved in trust case (access required)

Even though appellant altered her assignments of error after her appeal petition was granted, the appeal will be heard. The original assignments of error were adequately addressed on brief. As to the merits, the circuit court incorrectly delegated its authority ...

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Gross negligence claim stated in school assault case (access required)

Where plaintiff alleges a classmate sexually attacked her during a school field trip, she has stated a gross negligence claim against defendant school officials. Facts Plaintiff alleges that a classmate, KN, sexually assaulted her on a bus during a school ...

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‘Prior publication’ exclusion does not excuse duty to defend (access required)

Where the pleadings in the underlying suit alleged offensive publications were made during the policy period that differed in substance from those published before commencement of coverage, the “prior publication” exclusion did not obviate insurer’s duty to defend. Background In ...

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