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No arbitration for ‘rent-a-tribe’ lending contracts

Where plaintiffs entered into loan agreements with interest rates that far exceeded those allowed under Virginia’s usury laws, they were not compelled to arbitrate their claims as required under the contract because the arbitration clause’s attempt to disavow federal and ...

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Important Opinions January – December 2018

The “Important Opinions” that appear each week on the front page of Virginia Lawyers Weekly are those chosen by our editors as the most likely to impact law practice or a given subject area of law. Below is a listing, ...

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Perfection of liens puts bank first in line of priority of liens over personal property

In prioritizing competing liens on personal property, the court found a bank’s interests were superior to those of the Internal Revenue Service, which had tax liens against the property, because it had perfected its interests first. Background On Dec. 18, ...

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EDVA: Targeted-ad methods too abstract for patents

Three patents for “high-tech snooping” processes used for online marketing were not enforceable. The internet context didn’t establish sufficient inventiveness over conventional, abstract concepts. Background This case involves technology that helps businesses pry into peoples’ personal preferences and privacy. Advertisers ...

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