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‘Procedural ploy’ was not filed in good faith (access required)

Where the plaintiffs initially filed suit in Illinois despite the fact that there was no personal jurisdiction over the defendants there, their subsequent Virginia suit, filed after the expiration of the two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, was ...

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Claims in suit over involuntary confinement narrowed (access required)

Where a man had been previously confined against his will and prescribed antipsychotic and other medication over his objections, numerous claims in his subsequent suit against doctors and others were dismissed. His request for appointment of counsel due to deteriorating ...

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More than $10K in attorneys’ fees for discovery violation (access required)

Where the plaintiff previously prevailed on its motion to compel discovery and its counsel submitted a fee request, the court reviewed hourly rates for attorneys and paralegals with comparable experience and found the request acceptable for the Norfolk legal market. ...

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Long-running patent dispute with Columbia remains in court (access required)

Although Symantec argued the remaining patent claims in a six-year dispute with the trustees of Columbia University were invalid because they constitute specific improvements in computer functionality, its bid for judgment was rejected because the remaining claims were viewed as ...

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Employee’s age discrimination suit fails twice (access required)

Where the plaintiff was terminated as treasurer by one company and was not hired by a successive employer, his suit alleging age discrimination failed because he presented no evidence that his age was the reason for the employment decisions. Background ...

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