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Real estate-related patent ineligible for patent protection (access required)

A patent that provides a prospective buyer or renter automated entry to properties through a lockbox or door lock in conjunction with other devices was simply automation of a human, manual process that was patent-ineligible as an abstract idea. Background ...

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Challenge to family reunification policy goes forward (access required)

Claims by an unaccompanied minor and his relative that the Office of Refugee Resettlement policy violated the Administrative Procedure Act and the plaintiffs’ procedural due process rights, proceed to discovery. Background Plaintiffs/petitioners in this putative class action are four minors ...

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Important Opinions January – December 2018 (access required)


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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Suit: Rehab group hijacked competitor’s phone listing (access required)


A Virginia addiction recovery business can proceed with its federal court claims that a competitor used an underhanded Google tactic to steal potential customers, a judge has ruled. The Richmond-based plaintiff – doing business as Broad Highway Recovery – is ...

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Removal from government contract was not religious discrimination (access required)

The court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on the plaintiff’s religious discrimination claims because there was no evidence the defendant’s conduct was because of the plaintiff’s religion. Background Ann Bender was an employee of a private corporation (SAVA), working ...

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Ex-employee fails to state claims against former employer and others (access required)

An 11-count discrimination suit brought by a former substance abuse counselor was dismissed because one defendant could not be sued and another was immune; the court did not have jurisdiction over some counts and others ran the statute of limitations, ...

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Firearm charge dismissed, based on new high court decision (access required)

The court found one count of defendants’ firearm convictions must be vacated following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dimaya because there was no requisite “crime of violence” to support a guilty verdict. The defendants however, lost their bid for ...

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