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Search & Seizure – Probation Revocation – Bad Faith (access required)

In this remand of a case involving an officer’s discovery of a probationer’s cocaine possession when the officer entered a boarding house in pursuit of another man, the Court of Appeals affirms the trial court’s finding that the officer’s actions ...

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Web Sites: Small Screen Lawyer Edition (access required)

Lawyer shows have been a mainstay of television ever since the major networks started broadcasting. Some of the most memorable characters and programs even have spawned their own fan sites and interest groups. PERRY MASON. The big dog. The granddaddy ...

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Real Estate – Foreclosure – Mandamus (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court denies a writ of mandamus to pro se plaintiffs who have filed numerous pleadings and documents to challenge defendant Suntrust Mortgage’s efforts to foreclose on their real estate. Plaintiffs’ complaint contains, essentially, nothing other than ...

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Creditor’s Rights – Default Judgment – Future Attorney’s Fees (access required)

A creditor who won a default judgment on a promissory note is not entitled to future attorney’s fees, and the Alexandria U.S. District Court overrules the creditor’s objection to the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation. The magistrate judge recommended an ...

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State opinion sites, part III: The VSB, the AG and others (access required)

The past two Web Hits columns have focused on government-run Web sites that provide opinions and case information – for Virginia’s appellate courts and for the various circuit courts across the commonwealth. There are several other state-oriented sites that provide ...

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Union that won election appeals order for new vote (access required)

COVINGTON—A union that won an election to represent workers at MeadWestvaco’s paper mill in Covington has appealed an administrative law judge’s order for a new vote. An attorney for the Covington Paperworkers Union, John Fishwick, said last week that an ...

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Employment Discrimination – Age – OWBPA – Plaintiff Class (access required)

Employees who allege defendant Anthem health plans systematically discriminated against older workers by discharging them on pretextual bases while retaining younger employees are permitted to amend their complaint as to the “collective definition” of the alleged group of affected workers, ...

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Gov. Kaine signs smoking ban bill (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—As of December, most smoking will be snuffed out in Virginia, a state where the tobacco legacy stretches 400 years from Jamestown to the Marlboro man. Before a crowd of supporters who toasted the moment with champagne in a ...

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