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Tag Archives: Judge Leonie Brinkema

Use of domain name in commerce created protectable interest (access required)

The owners of certain domain names obtained a protectable interest in those names by using them in commerce before a hacker transferred the names to his control, and the owners were entitled to an order directing that the domain names ...

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School board did not retaliate against employee (access required)

A Fairfax County school employee failed to plausibly allege facts showing the school board or school officials retaliated against her for filing a prior employment lawsuit. Background Kathleen Munive alleges that defendants violated 42 U.S.C. § 1983 by retaliating against ...

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$2.1 million recovered under avoidable transfer theory (access required)

A subcontractor that provided equipment, and received over $2.1 million in exchange, lost its attempt to keep those funds after the court agreed the money was paid as an avoidable transfer. Background Clark Construction Group LLC subcontracted work on a ...

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‘Deliberative process’ privilege rejected (access required)

In a lawsuit challenging policies governing servicemembers living with the human immunodeficiency virus, the court held the plaintiffs were entitled to the vast majority of documents withheld by the government on the basis of a “deliberative process” privilege because, among ...

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Reporter could not sue AG for illegal surveillance (access required)

Reporter’s complaint against individual agents of the Department of Justice and the United States Postal Service who allegedly engaged in illegal surveillance activities against her and her family were dismissed because the individual agents had still not been identified more ...

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Homeowners can’t demand production of original note (access required)

Homeowners cannot demand that the defendants produce the original note for inspection because such a demand is contrary to Virginia’s non-judicial foreclosure laws. In addition, the homeowners lack standing to contest the assignments of the deed, the appointment of substitute ...

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U.S. cannot claim sovereign immunity against torture claims (access required)

The United States cannot claim sovereign immunity against claims that Americans violated international law by subjecting plaintiffs to torture at the Abu Ghraib prison. While that ruling of first impression allowed a government contractor sued over its alleged involvement in ...

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