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Intellectual Property – Copyright Infringement – Predicate Act Doctrine – Civil Practice – Personal Jurisdiction – Tort/Negligence — Conversion (access required)

Tire Engineering & Distribution LLC v. Shandong Linglong Rubber Co. Ltd. The 4th Circuit upholds a $26 million verdict for a Florida-based designer and distributor of underground mining tires; the district court properly exercised personal jurisdiction over a company domiciled in the United Arab Emirates and a Chinese manufacturer who conspired in Virginia with a former employee of plaintiff to manufacture tires from plaintiff’s blueprints, and defendants are not entitled to a new trial on damages even though the appellate court threw out some of plaintiff’s claims.

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Trusts & Estates – Inter Vivos Transfers – Power of Attorney – No Gifting Provision – Tort/Negligence – Breach of Fiduciary Duty – Conversion (access required)

Gordon v. Busbee Where the wife’s power of attorney did not contain a gift-giving provision, and where the record contains no written evidence of her authorization for her husband/attorney-in-fact to make the transfers he did, the trial court erred in failing to direct a verdict for the wife’s heirs as to any transactions involving the husband’s taking funds that were undisputedly the wife’s and transferring them into a fund solely owned by him. We affirm in part and reverse in part the trial court’s denial of plaintiffs’ motions.

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Trusts & Estates – Inter Vivos Transfers – Power of Attorney – No Gifting Provision – Tort/Negligence – Breach of Fiduciary Duty – Conversion (access required)

Gordon v. Busbee Where the wife’s power of attorney did not contain a gift-giving provision, and where the record contains no written evidence of her authorization for her husband/attorney-in-fact to make the transfers he did, the trial court erred in failing to direct a verdict for the wife’s heirs as to any transactions involving the husband’s taking funds that were undisputedly the wife’s and transferring them into a fund solely owned by him. We affirm in part and reverse in part the trial court’s denial of plaintiffs’ motions.

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Tort/Negligence – Conversion – Civil Conspiracy – Expert Witness – Actual Damages – Punitive Damages (access required)

Jenkins v. Few. The essence of a civil conspiracy claim is the damage resulting to the plaintiff. The damages alleged must go beyond the damages alleged in other causes of action. The evidence in this case supported the trial court's ruling that the plaintiff alleged . . .

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