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Monthly Archives: August 2007

Labor – FLSA – Overtime Pay – Unreported Time (access required)

An employer in the security business is liable to four plaintiffs for overtime pay of more than $150,000, in a case that was dismissed July 19, pursuant to the parties’ settlement. A bench trial revealed three issues that require resolution: ...

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Securities – Reform Act – Rule 11 Sanctions – Lead Counsel Role (access required)

In this suit by an investor who sued a brokerage firm for securities fraud after his account lost 21 percent in value through defendant Wachovia Securities Inc., the district court, on remand from the 4th Circuit, imposes an admonition sanction ...

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Attorneys – Sanctions – Warrant In Debt – Contract Claim (access required)

In this general district court litigation that began with the filing of a warrant in debt and continued with defendant in that action pursuing, then nonsuiting, claims for contribution from members of a company in which the defendant formerly was ...

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Marketing assistants – a rainmaker's greatest tool (access required)

One question I constantly grapple with is this: how can good lawyers, whose days are filled with constant interruptions, difficult staffing issues and demanding clients, become great marketers? Most attorneys are very good at marketing when placed in the right ...

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New case on relation back used right away (access required)

A federal judge in Abingdon took barely two weeks to apply an en banc ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the relation-back provisions of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(c). At issue is whether a defendant ...

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Completing the circle (access required)

After more than 10 years of work, the Virginia Holocaust Museum, with a focus on the travails of the Ipp family, seemed almost complete, right down to a replica of the synagogue in Kovno, Lithuana, where the family lived before ...

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Circuit judge upholds ?fees' (access required)

Challengers to Virginia’s civil remedial fees are 3 and 0 in general district courts but 0 for 1 in circuit court, with the two remaining general district wins likely to be heard by circuit judges by the end of the ...

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Locals fare well on a list of ?best firms for women' (access required)

Two Virginia-based law firms were among the 50 across the nation named “Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. Hunton & Williams and McGuireWoods, both with home offices in Richmond, were recognized for their ...

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Lead counsel escapes a sanction under Rule 11 (access required)

A supervising lawyer who reasonably relied on the attorney he supervised to perform a task – in this case, to accurately represent two witnesses’ deposition testimony – has escaped a sanction under Rule 11(c), a Richmond federal district judge held ...

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Obituaries (access required)

Herman T. Benn Herman T. Benn, a Suffolk attorney and civil rights advocate, died on June 29. He was 95. Mr. Benn, the first black member of the Virginia Bar Association, won his most notable case in 1962. In Johnson ...

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