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The R&D Dept.: Local patents for 6.8.11

Some promising patents this week including an invention for restraining someone, a painter-friendly ladder and a flame resistant garment. Plus, another patent for Capital One and a few for Phillip Morris.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 6.7.11

Comcast thinks it paid too much in taxes to the City of Richmond in 2006 and wants some of the money back. Plus an actor is trying to collect unpaid wages for an instructional film he was in about WWI. Plus a bank is seeking a judgment for $8 million and a billboard company is in a fight with the City of Richmond over one of its billboards.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 6.1.11

A manufacturer of gambling equipment wants to get its products back from an Internet Sweepstakes Café, which has since closed. Plus a lawyer is suing a retirement home for $1 million, a law firm is trying to collect $45,000, and Dominion Power is suing an industrial company for $2 million.

The R&D Dept.: Patents for 5.25.11

The brains at Hamilton Beach in Glen Allen have been busy lately with several new patents this week. A Shockoe Slip-based drug device maker gets yet another patent. And Phillip Morris has now invented a dissolvable tobacco strip.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 5.24.11

An internet café is suing its landlord for access to its location, a law firm is getting sued for malpractice, a former school board employee in Hanover wants the courts to make the County pay her a salary again, and a case about an alleged faulty fish tank. Plus a patent infringement suit involving a parking company.

Breaking Ground: Building Permit Roundup for 5.18.11

Lots of projects going up, including a new car wash on Midlothian Turnpike and renovations to a Virginia Credit Union building on West Broad Street and at a few public school buildings in Hanover County. Plus Kroger is going to spend $1.5 million to rennovate and expand a store in Midlothian.