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The low-ball claim: Seeking to benefit from removal rules (access required)

In a practice that seems counterintuitive, some plaintiffs’ lawyers are staying out of federal court by demanding far less money than they think their cases actually are worth. The technique has been used when a plaintiff’s lawyer needs to sue ...

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Restatement of Employment Law draft adopted (access required)

The American Law Institute adopted a draft of the Restatement of Employment Law at its annual meeting in May, amid opposition from some employment experts. Some experts oppose the Restatement because they contend that certain employment law matters are still ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

New Associations Lesley Whitcomb Fierst has joined the Tysons Corner office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. Douglas R. Burtch has joined the Richmond law firm of Macaulay & Burtch. Kristina H. Vaquera has joined the Norfolk office of Jackson ...

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ODBA president: Conference would work to benefit of all (access required)

Dear Editor: The Virginia State Bar will soon decide whether to add a Diversity Conference to the Bar’s organizational structure. The Conference will be a mechanism through which the impact of changing demographics on the legal profession can be analyzed ...

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Letter to the Editor: Looking forward to the promise of diversity (access required)

Dear Editor: The proposals regarding promotion of diversity by the Virginia State Bar have generated a great deal of hostility that appears to be based on a misunderstanding of the initiative’s goals. Opponents of the initiative have attempted to inject ...

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Letter to the Editor: VWAA lends its backing to VSB Diversity Initiative (access required)

Dear Editor: The Virginia Women Attorneys Association supports the recommendations of the Diversity Task Force for the creation of the Diversity Conference and views as consistent with this effort the proposed clarification to the bar’s mission statement. The VWAA acknowledges ...

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Mall yanks ad after complaints from vets (access required)

FAIRFAX—A Northern Virginia mall has pulled an advertisement after complaints from Vietnam veterans. The ads for Tysons Corner Center were in Metro rail cars. They showed a woman in front of a reflective wall engraved with the names of the ...

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Deeds’ victory sets up rematch of ’05 AG race (access required)

A state senator and small-town lawyer pulled off a surprising win in Virginia’s Democratic primary for governor, besting a former legislative colleague and the well-funded Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Last Tuesday’s victory by Democrat ...

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Bill introduced to extend E-Verify program to 2014 (access required)

A bill has been introduced that would extend the E-Verify program until Sept. 30, 2014. The “Employee Verification Amendment Act of 2009” (H.R. 2679) also calls for a GAO study on error rates and cost impact on small businesses. E-Verify, ...

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