Petersburg company wins appeal for lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds

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Petersburg-based Star Scientific Inc. won an appeal in a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for patents on a way to reduce toxins in tobacco products. The ruling means the case will likely go to trial. Star Scientific sells smokeless tobacco products. R.J. Reynolds maintains it did not infringe on any patents. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership is looking for companies who want to attend a trade mission to Vietnam. The country was Virginia’s 60th largest export destination in 2007 with $34 million, but exports increased 106 percent between 2006 and 2007. (Daily Press

A carton-folding plant in Sandston is planning to close, meaning 185 employees could lose their jobs.  Graphic Packaging International Inc. merged with Altivity Packaging LLC in March, and the companies want to streamline their businesses. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Hooker Furniture Corp. of Martinsville is laying off 25 workers in its wood furniture division. The reduction, caused by tough times for furniture companies, will equal about 9 percent of the company’s 243-worker division. (Martinsville Bulletin)

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The Federal Transit Administration authorized construction to begin on the extension of the Metrorail system to Dulles International Airport. The 23-mile, $5.2 billion project would run from Arlington County’s East Falls Church Station through Tysons Corner and past Dulles International, in Loudoun County. The FTA’s letter of approval does not guarantee full funding for the work but does encourage state and local officials that funding can be secured by the end of the year. (The Washington Post)

General Dynamics Information Technology, a Fairfax-based business unit of General Dynamics of Falls Church, received a five-year, $32.5 million contract, including options, from the Army for information technology services in support of acquisition and supply-chain procurement systems in Southwest Asia under the direction of the U.S. Central Command. (PRNewswire)

Interstate Hotels & Resorts, an Arlington-based hotel real investor and operator, agreed to a contract to manage the 102-room Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel in New York City. A newly built property, it is owned by Ben Wong, founder and principal owner of New York- based Wok and Roll Restaurants. This will be the ninth hotel managed by Interstate in New York City. Located in the heart of Chinatown and Little Italy, the eight-story facility is a short subway ride to the financial district and has a business center equipped with high-speed Internet access. (PRNewswire)

CAFAmerica, a consultant and advisor to companies and individuals on charitable giving around the globe, reports donations topped $30 million for 2007-2008, a 53 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. The Alexandria-based firm marked its largest donation ever — $2 million donation from the PepsiCo
Foundation, as well as a record $5.5 million contribution from a high-net-worth individual.  CAFAmerica helps manage international philanthropy and charitable activity, advising on fundraising and grant making, and manages online gift giving. (PRNewswire)

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