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The R&D Dept.: local patents for 1.5.11

In the R&D Dept. this week, a new surgical tool, a food product checking system for grading food and a new grip for devices like walkers. Plus a bunch of more technical ones from local manufacturers and a new credit card user option at Capital One.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 1.4.11

A jammed packed docket this week. A local engineering firm wants a judgment of $375,000 against the Nature Conservancy. And in a fascinating case, another engineering firm wants its money back from a Richmond non-profit that it says received an enormous donation by an employee who stole those funds from it. Plus, municipalities are going after businesses that are late on business license fees.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 12.28.10

A bank is trying to collect more than $2 million on a defaulted note to a moving company magnate plus other collection efforts, including a condo association v. an insurance company. Plus a plaintiff claims she swallowed a piece of glass from a Pepsi. There are no Chesterfield cases this week on account of the snow.

3 strikes for local business

Three local companies declared bankruptcy this week, including the owner of a truck stop and motel near Kings Dominion and the owner of an 84-acre undeveloped tract of land, a trailer park and a Mexican restaurant.