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November 2013 Archives

Lawsuit filed by owner of MLB team

Sports fans in Virginia may have heard about the multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed by the owner of the struggling Houston Astros. The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 21 against a former co-owner of the baseball team and two major media outlets, accusing them of conspiracy, fraud and misrepresentation. The team's owner says he may have lost hundreds of millions of dollars due to the misrepresentation of the value of a regional television network.

Courts rule for Google in book scanning lawsuit

A long-running period of litigation between Internet company Google Inc. and authors who accused the organization of digitally scanning millions of books without permission is now over for the time being. The U.S. Circuit Court dismissed the authors' claims in the business litigation suit, ending almost ten years of court proceedings between the two parties and giving Virginia and U.S. citizens a chance to review millions of online titles.

U.S. regulators approve office-supply chain merger

In February 2013, Office Depot Inc. and OfficeMax Inc. announced plans to combine in a proposed $1.17 billion transaction. The merger of the two office supply chains with locations in Virginia and nationwide recently received approval from U.S. Federal Trade Commission regulators who found that the popularity of online retailers ensured competition in the office supply market.

Robin Thicke accused of borrowing from Marvin Gaye songs

Virginia residents may be interested in a high-profile copyright lawsuit involving two big names in the music industry. The family of the late musician Marvin Gaye has asked Robin Thicke to pay a settlement for what they refer to as copyright infringement. According to a federal lawsuit filed by the family, Thicke has repeatedly borrowed from Gaye while writing such songs as "Love After War" and "Blurred Lines."

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