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EDVA: Single action improper against online counterfeit defendants (access required)

The actions of 28 Chinese entities selling counterfeit goods on the internet did not arise out of the same transaction or occurrence, and they must be severed into individual suits. Background The Defendants, 28 unrelated individuals and entities located in the People’s ...

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EDVA: “We buy houses” trademark generic, unenforceable (access required)

A company that obtained a trademark for the phrase “we buy houses” cannot enforce it, because the phrase was used extensively by industry participants to describe a class of services rather than any particular service provider. Background Plaintiff Express Homebuyers ...

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EDVA: Spouse-plaintiffs proceed to consolidated discrimination trial (access required)

The plaintiff, a former executive, survives summary judgment on several claims arising from her treatment by the company’s CEO during and after a volatile intimate relationship involving threats and abusive behavior. Her husband’s separate claim for Title VII retaliation can ...

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EDVA: Devices reasonably seized from Manafort condo (access required)

A warrant to search Paul Manafort’s Alexandria condo and to seize various electronic devices and media related to his bank and tax fraud offenses was constitutional on its face and constitutionally executed. Background At issue in this multi-count bank and ...

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EDVA: Manafort storage-unit docs won’t be suppressed (access required)

The government obtained valid consent to enter a storage unit containing Paul Manafort’s business documents, obtained a valid warrant to seize some of the documents, and properly executed the warrant. Background On May 26, 2017, Special Agent J. Pfeiffer interviewed ...

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Bon Mots: June 2018 Edition (access required)

As seasoned attorneys know, the lofty principles that attract aspiring lawyers can quickly be overshadowed by client emergencies, Sisyphean scheduling conundrums, unreasonable opposing counsel, billing targets, intrafirm politics, and understaffed courts. But from time to time, our esteemed judges take ...

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EDVA: Special Counsel authorized to prosecute Manafort (access required)

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s jurisdiction, as set forth in his Appointment Order and in a subsequent memorandum from the Acting Attorney General, encompasses prosecution of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager for bank fraud and tax charges that involve connections ...

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EDVA: Indemnification clause for third parties invalid (access required)

An insurer could not enforce an indemnification clause in its insured’s architectural contract because provisions requiring contractors to indemnify other parties for negligence are void in their entirety under Code § 11-4.1. Background Defendant Lessard Design Inc. provides architectural services, including ...

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EDVA: No servicemark in anti-cybersquatting case (access required)

A foreign company could not establish common-law trademark rights in the United States for the domain “klumba.com” because no American citizens used the company’s service. Hosting Google AdSense on the company’s Ukrainian site also didn’t put its mark in U.S. ...

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