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Common Defenses to Extortion

White Collar Criminal Defense By Harvey Binnall PLLC - 2019/06/14 at 02:43pm

Experienced White Collar Defense Attorney in Alexandria, VA Extortion is a serious felony offense in Virginia, and throughout the country at-large.  It is the illegal gaining of money, services, benefits, and other things of value by threatening an individual with harm.  Threats may include, but are not necessarily limited, to the following: Threat of physical harm Threat of damage to property Threat of defamation of character Threat of bringing an accusation Threat of turning in a criminal Threat of taking an identification document And more For example, if you threaten to turn in a thief unless they pay you a […]

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Fairfax County School District Accused of Violating Right to Due Process in Sexual Misconduct Cases

Title IX By Harvey Binnall PLLC - 2019/05/31 at 02:41pm

In the past few months, three separate federal lawsuits have been brought against the Fairfax County School District (the tenth largest public school system in the country) for mishandling sexual misconduct investigations against accused students, for wrongfully punishing the accused, and for failing to ensure due process of law. By way of example, in one of the cases (that our firm is currently handling), the 18-year old male plaintiff witnessed a female student being slapped on the buttocks while in the school hallways.  The female student filed a complaint, and further accused the plaintiff of having sexually harassed her in […]

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Enforcing Restrictive Covenants in Contractor Teaming Agreements

Litigation By Harvey Binnall PLLC - 2019/05/17 at 02:34pm

Experienced Commercial Litigation Lawyer in Alexandria, VA Teaming agreements often feature restrictive covenants in the form of “no poaching” or “no solicitation” clauses that prohibit the parties to the agreement from directly recruiting employees from one another.  Confusion over the enforceability of such covenants is an ongoing problem leading to commercial litigation. Whether you are attempting to enforce a restrictive covenant embedded in an underlying teaming agreement or attempting to prove that the restrictive covenant is unenforceable and therefore inapplicable to your case, our team at Harvey & Binnall, PLLC can provide comprehensive assistance. Contact us to learn more about […]

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Availability of Punitive Damages in Contract Disputes

Litigation By Harvey Binnall PLLC - 2019/04/30 at 09:07pm

Experienced Commercial Litigation Lawyer in Alexandria, VA Punitive damages are uncommon, and particularly so in contract disputes.  Still, it is worth understanding the basics, as a legitimate punitive damages claim could significantly increase the damage total.  If the defendant believes that you have a reasonable chance of securing punitive damages in a contract dispute, they may be more willing to negotiate a settlement compromise that is favorable to your interests. Let’s take a closer look. Understanding the Basics of Punitive Damages Unlike compensatory damages (i.e., damages that cover the financial losses from a contract dispute or other action), punitive damages […]

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