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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Employment Discrimination – Age – OWBPA – Standing

Older workers who did not sign allegedly illegal releases when terminated have no standing to sue their employer under the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act on a complaint that older workers were systematically fired while younger workers were retained, a ...

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Creditors’ hearing today in peanut case

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Lynchburg is holding a hearing today in the case of the Peanut Corp. of America. The defunct peanut company filed for Chapter 7 protection on Feb. 13, reports the The News & Advance. The company ...

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Experts approved for defense in tree farm killings

The judge in the capital case of Freddie Hammer granted motions for experts to test the prosecution’s evidence and to evaluate the defendant. Hammer faces five capital murder charges and 11 other felonies in connection with the 2008 killings of ...

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DNA project bears more fruit

Two more old criminal cases are being scrutinized after DNA tests suggest the possibility of wrongful convictions. In 2005, after biological evidence cleared five men in decades-old rape convictions, then-Gov. Mark R. Warner ordered that DNA testing be conducted on ...

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Buk’s bucks stopped here

More notes from the entertainment industry. Last week, the 4th Circuit dealt with the fight for rights to the film “Your Mommy Kills Animals.” On March 5, an appellate panel looked at the fall-out for a defrauded investor in the ...

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Cranwell wants another round as Dem chair

Vinton attorney and former Del. C. Richard Cranwell has advised fellow Democrats that he wants another four-year term as chairman of the state party. Cranwell, who had announced plans to step down as the party’s leader, said he changed his ...

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Underwood elected Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney

Unofficial results show Democrat Greg Underwood outpolled his rival to win Norfolk’s top prosecutor job. According to The Virginian-Pilot, Underwood, who has served as a prosecutor for about 16 years, received about 55 percent of the vote. The election filled ...

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No sale for Vick’s Georgia home

No qualified bidders appeared at an auction for Michael Vick’s home near Atlanta. Meanwhile, a Norfolk bankruptcy judge hears arguments today on whether Vick should be forced to come to court. USA Today gets both stories on one page.

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GOP rivals plan for convention

The three Republican candidates for attorney general are plotting their convention strategy. John Brownlee, Ken Cuccinelli and David Foster have been traveling around the state, soliciting delegate votes and claiming a lead in the race for the nomination, reports the ...

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