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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Domestic Relations – Amendment To Answer – Equitable Distribution

A Chesterfield County Circuit Court abused its discretion when it refused to allow wife to amend her initial pro se answer to seek equitable distribution, and the Court of Appeals reverses and remands. Costanzo v. Costanzo (Va.Ct.App.) (VLW 009-7-046(UP)) (5 ...

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Prayer bill approved by House

The House of Delegates yesterday passed a bill to let police chaplains pray to Jesus Christ, but the governor is threatening a veto. According to The Free Lance-Star, the issue arose after a federal appeals court upheld a Fredericksburg City ...

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Autism coverage bill fails

A House subcommittee refused to act on a bill that would require insurance companies to cover autism treatment for people under 21. The Virginian-Pilot reports that HB1588 would have covered $36,000 a year and exempt businesses with 25 or fewer ...

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Employment – Polygraph Test – Termination – Arbitration

An employee who alleges he was fired one day after employer required him to take a polygraph test that purportedly showed “deception” has stated a claim under the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201, a Richmond U.S. District ...

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Mims has roots in Harrisonburg

Bill Mims, who is likely to be the commonwealth’s next attorney general, was an All-District offensive tackle for the Harrisonburg High School Blue Streaks in the early 1970s. Mims was born and raised in Harrisonburg, according to a profile piece ...

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Head Start fraud claim advances

A former Head Start official in Norton can sue the local program under the federal False Claims Act, a Big Stone Gap federal district court ruled yesterday. Suits under the False Claims Act allow a plaintiff, or “relator,” to blow ...

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Alston to interview for appeals court seat

The House and Senate Courts of Justice Committees will interview a sixth candidate tomorrow for a Virginia Court of Appeals vacancy – Prince William County Circuit Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. A member of the Prince William delegation, Del. Jackson ...

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