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Court quashes arbitration of claims that were outside arbitration agreement

Posted on July 21, 2016
Posted in Cases

Arbitration clauses in contracts are enforceable, but if a contract allows only certain claims to be arbitrated, then the party desiring arbitration has to prove that it has such a claim.  And in Virginia, the party has to prove it to a judge, not the arbitrator.  CWM attorneys represented the owner when both of these […]

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Norfolk’s Youngest Voices Soar in a Collection of Writings

Posted on July 14, 2016
Posted in Community News

For over sixty years, Crenshaw, Ware & Martin has served as general counsel to Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (the “Authority” or “NRHA”).  Our work with the Authority supports its commitment to provide quality housing choices to households of all incomes, and to create a healthy physical and social environment for residents of its communities.  […]

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Chapman to Serve as Rector of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Tech

Posted on July 1, 2016

James L. Chapman, Jr., a partner with the firm, was elected to serve as rector of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Board of Visitors for the coming year. He is a 1979 Tech graduate with a law degree from Washington and Lee University.   Announcement

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Howard W. Martin, Jr. Receives Award for Distinguished Service

Posted on May 10, 2016

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that Howard W. Martin, Jr.  received the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Clarissa E. McAdoo Houser Award for Distinguished Service.  The Houser Award is given once every five years to recognize exemplary service to the Authority.   Branch Lawson, Chairman of SRHA, presented the award to Mr. Martin […]

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CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®

Posted on April 7, 2016

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that ten of its lawyers were included in the 2016 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars.  According to Virginia Super Lawyers®, less than 5% of all lawyers in Virginia are selected in the process, which includes peer nominations combined with independent research.  The 2016 […]

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Ryan Snow named a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America

Posted on February 3, 2016

CWM attorney Ryan Snow has been named a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a national honor society of appellate and trial lawyers dedicated to superior advocacy and ethical standards. Membership in the LCA is by invitation only and represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Ryan is the Managing Partner […]

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Jim Chapman inducted as a Fellow in the Virginia Law Foundation

Posted on February 3, 2016

CWM is proud to announce that Jim Chapman has been inducted as a Fellow in the Virginia Law Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Virginia bar.Each year the Foundation selects  a group of top lawyers and retired judges for their integrity, character, and legal excellence. With his induction in 2016, Jim joins three other CWM […]

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EDVA Judge dismisses case against parent company after finding parent was not “Alter Ego” of Virginia subsidiary

Posted on January 28, 2016
Posted in Cases, Updates

Piercing corporate structures remains tough in Virginia, even if only to show jurisdiction. In a discrimination case brought by an employee of a Virginia-based subsidiary against his employer, its controlling mid-level subsidiary, and the Indiana parent company of both, Judge Conrad of the Western District of Virginia granted the parent company’s motion to dismiss for […]

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Virginia Federal court allows jury in trademark case even where demand came 5 months too late

Posted on January 28, 2016
Posted in Updates

In a Lanham Act case involving pharmaceutical products, Judge Conrad of the Western District of Virginia granted plaintiff’s motion for a jury trial, even though it was made only four months before trial and outside the time prescribed by Rule 38. In Concordia Pharm. Inc. v. Method Pharm. LLC, No. 3:14-cv-16 (W.D. Va. Nov. 4, […]

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Disappointed that PTAB declined inter partes patent review? Tough, EDVA Judge rules

Posted on January 28, 2016
Posted in Updates

The Patent and Trademark Board’s decision on whether to grant inter partes review cannot be challenged in court. In Medtronic, Inc. v. Lee, 1:15-cv-946 (E.D. Va. Jan. 21, 2016), after the PTAB terminated an inter partes review seeking to determine the validity of two patents, the petitioner appealed the decision to federal court. But Judge […]

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