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Child’s name changed to omit mom’s maiden name (access required)

A mother’s petition to change her minor child’s name by replacing her maiden name with the stepfather’s surname, while retaining the natural father’s surname, is approved. The change serves the child’s best interests because she is in therapy to deal ...

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Claims against insurance carrier were contract matter (access required)

The court held that, to the extent the defendants failed to pay plaintiffs for covered damages, the claims sounded in contract, and could not be pursued in tort pursuant to Virginia’s “economic loss rule.” Background Plaintiffs Danville Commercial Industrial Storage ...

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License suspension for failure to pay fines stopped (access required)

Plaintiffs who challenged the constitutionality of a Virginia law that requires the automatic suspension of drivers’ licenses for failure to pay state court fines and costs won a preliminary injunction, as they demonstrated there were insufficient procedures in the law ...

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Owner of LLC faces liability for alleged infringement (access required)

The court held the complaint stated a plausible claim for individual liability against the sole owner of an LLC because it alleged, “upon information and belief” that she engaged in conduct sufficient to impose liability. Background Plaintiff is a photographer ...

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No bases shown for removing medical device case to federal court (access required)

A plaintiff who alleges he suffered injuries during spinal fusion surgery did not abandon his claims against non-diverse defendants, and because the removal occurred more than one year after the suit was filed in state court without a showing of ...

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