Case Highlights

Civil Rights, Personal Injury, and Wrongful Death

In re April 16, 2007 Massacre at Virginia Tech University.

The Firm represented 20 families who suffered devastating losses as a result of the massacre of students and faculty on the campus of Virginia Tech. Numerous clients lost loved ones, while others suffered severe and permanent injuries as a result of violent gunshot wounds.

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Community Advocacy for District of Columbia and Maryland Residents

Washington , D.C. : For several years, two neighborhood associations and dozens of residents near the 1300 block of Constitution Avenue, N.E. fought a legal and economic battle with Trant Liquors. Capitol Hill Restoration Society ("CHRS"), North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association ("NLPNA"), and the neighbors claimed that Trant destroyed the peace, order and quiet of their neighborhood by, among other things, selling fortified alcohol to visibly intoxicated patrons, by providing drug paraphernalia to customers, and by allowing its parking lot and immediate surrounds to be used for drug dealing and other illegal activities.

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Complex Business Litigation

New York, New York: The Firm obtained a Federal Court ruling that client’s lawsuit for breach of derivative petroleum contracts was not subject to dismissal on defendants’ contention that contract was an illegal "futures" contract under the Commodities Futures Act. Multi-million dollar settlement ensued.Knight Enterprises, et al. v. Metallgesellschaft A.G., et al.

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Environmental Law

Kentucky : The Firm obtained a Federal Court ruling that state law renders the polluter and seller of land liable for environmental damage under common law trespass and negligence theories and under CERCLA. The Firm represented a buyer of commercial property found to be contaminated by an automobile manufacturer. Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. v. Ford Motor Company, Inc.


Intellectual Property, Internet, and Technology Law

District of Columbia : The Firm obtained a Federal Court Ruling that the $30 portion of the Internet Domain Name Registration Fee assessed for the "Intellectual Infrastructure Fund" was an unconstitutional tax. The National Science Foundation ended the fee after the ruling; Internet Domain Name registrants have saved over $160 million to date. Thomas, et. al. v. National Science Foundation and Network Solutions, Inc.

Virginia : Litigation by the Firm resulted in a Federal Court ruling that defendant's use of Client's trademark in Internet Domain Name was infringement under the Lanham Act. Specifically, the Court held that defendant's use of the "washingtonspeakers.com" Internet Domain name infringed the Washington Speakers Bureau, Inc. trademark. Washington Speakers Bureau v. Leading Authorities, Inc.


Real Estate, Construction, and Toxic Mold

The Firm has collected millions of dollars on behalf of numerous individuals suffering from toxic mold exposure due to faulty new home construction.

The Firm has collected millions of dollars on behalf of numerous homeowners whose homes were clad with synthetic stucco.


School Safety and Youth Safety

District of Columbia : The Firm represented the family of a 12 year-old boy who was sexually assaulted at an overnight Summer camp owned and operated by the District of Columbia . Suit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the District and others alleging civil rights violations (42 U.S.C. sec. 1983) and other common law claims. Extensive discovery established that numerous children at this camp were left unsupervised for extended periods of time, and that other campers had been sexually assaulted. The facts and circumstances of this case were the subject of a lead article in The Legal Times. The family accepted a substantial financial settlement. Suit on behalf of another young victim (Ronnie "M") is pending in the U.S. District Court. Kara "M," individually, and on behalf of her minor son, "Nico" v. District of Columbia et al.

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Train Injury

The Firm has outstanding experience representing train injury clients, as well as clients in a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including a $2.3 million settlement against Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). 

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