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Civil Procedure – Choice Of Law – Md. Law – Loss Of Consortium (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court applies Maryland law to allow a loss of consortium claim by a Virginia man whose wife was injured in a plane crash in Maryland. The court applies Maryland law allowing a loss of consortium claim ...

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Education opportunities

Feeling the urge to get out of the office?  Want to expand your legal knowledge base?  We have just the ticket. If you’re near Lexington on Tuesday, take in the annual Supreme Court Preview at the Washington and Lee law ...

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Jury rejects claim against alarm company

A Roanoke federal jury Thursday returned a defense verdict for an alarm company sued over a tragic communications breakdown. A Franklin County man who cared for his disabled son at his home ordered an alarm system from Lifeline Systems.  The ...

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Hiring freeze likely for courts

“In the very near future, we will have a hiring freeze,” Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. told the Committee on District Courts today. He said the court system is reviewing all discretionary spending and already has implemented a delayed ...

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More state government cuts to come

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine offered no silver lining for the state’s financial woes as he met with reporters at the Blue Ridge Parkway today.  The budget cuts announced this week address a $1 billion shortfall for 2009.  Kaine says the ...

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Employment Discrimination – Discovery – Stricken Defense – Disability

An employer defending a suit alleging wrongful termination and disability discrimination has its defense of discharge for financial reasons struck for violation of discovery rules, a magistrate judge in the Roanoke U.S. District Court holds. Spicer v. Universal Forest Products ...

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No gas crisis for this guy…

A former defense contractor pleaded guilty this week to taking part in a scheme to steal U.S. Army fuel worth nearly $40 million.  According to a Justice Department news release, Lee Dubois, 32, and his cohorts used phony documents to ...

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NY Times sends a Valentine to Judge Clark

Anyone holding their breath waiting for the New York Times to publish its anticipated review of Circuit Judge Martin Clark’s novel “The Legal Limit” must have long since turned blue and passed out.  Relief came this month with a glowing ...

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