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Feds: Bolting error caused collapse that killed man (access required)

Federal investigators say an error in bolting the roof of a Wise County mine caused an April 22 collapse that killed a Big Stone Gap man. The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a report last month on the roof ...

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Madison Museum honors his cousin, Zachary Taylor (access required)

ORANGE—The James Madison Museum has opened an exhibit on Zachary Taylor, the nation’s 12th president and a cousin of Madison’s. Taylor was born in Barboursville in 1784. He and Madison shared a great-grandfather, Col. James Taylor II, who received land ...

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Employment Discrimination – Race – Agency Action – Patent Examiner (access required)

A plaintiff who alleges breach of an agreement settling her claim that she was terminated as a Patent Examiner because of race discrimination, and who has filed an untimely “supplemental response” to defendant agency’s motion to dismiss, will not be ...

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Employment Discrimination – Race – Patent Examiner – Settlement Agreement (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses plaintiff’s action alleging defendant agency breached a settlement agreement in her suit asserting she was removed from her position as a patent examiner in 2005 as a result of race discrimination, and not for ...

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Civil Rights – Bank Employee – Lie Detector Test – EPPA (access required)

The 4th Circuit applies the Price Waterhouse “mixed motive” test to a bank employee’s claim that his firing after he failed police-administered lie detector tests about his role in a robbery attempt violated the Employee Polygraph Protection Act; but the ...

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Clerkship blog launches

The University of Virginia law school is hosting a blog just for law students hoping to land a judicial clerkship.  Much of the advice on the first post at The ‘Shipping News would be well taken by anyone looking for ...

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Attorneys – Legal Malpractice – Divorce – Expert Opinion

A Fairfax Circuit Court refuses to dismiss an unhappy husband’s legal malpractice suit against his divorce lawyer because plaintiff husband does not have an expert witness. Jacokes v. Cottrell (Fairfax Cir.Ct.) (VLW 008-8-241) (4 pp.)

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LandAmerica seeks sale of assets in Chapter 11

Richmond-based LandAmerica Financial Group Inc., the country’s third largest title insurer, is filing for Chapter 11 protection. As part of the Chapter 11 plan, the company expects to sell its two principal underwriting subsidiaries, Lawyers Title Insurance Corp. and Commonwealth ...

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