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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Student assaulted at party after homecoming dance – $1,050,000 Verdict (access required)

On or about Oct. 18-19, 2003, defendant Chris Bittler (then 19) and plaintiff Blake Harrison (then 18) were attending a party being held at the home of Brian and Denise Gaquin. The party was sort of an “after party” relating ...

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Employment Discrimination – Age – School Administrator (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to defendant county school board in this age discrimination suit filed by a 49-year-old high school principal who sued after he lost a promotion to an assistant superintendent position to a 38-year-old ...

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Labor – Overtime Pay – FLSA – Limitations – Equitable Tolling (access required)

A Roanoke U.S. District Court orders an evidentiary hearing, as the parties dispute whether these joint employers failed to post an FLSA notice as required by DOL regulations, which would equitably toll the limitations period for plaintiffs to pursue their ...

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Criminal – Tax Evasion – Lawyer – Home Office Deduction (access required)

A Danville U.S. District Court denies post-trial motions filed by a lawyer convicted of tax evasion and tax perjury involving a home office deduction for his family mansion, Stoneleigh, in which he also maintained an office for his law firm. ...

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Insurance – Policy Coverage – Diesel Fuel Discharge (access required)

A Danville U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to defendant insurance carrier in this suit by plaintiff broadcasting company, seeking a declaratory judgment that the broadcasting company has insurance coverage under its “Tank Safe Policy” for a certain discharge of ...

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Attorneys – Withdrawal – Prior Appearances – Fee Payments (access required)

Because a corporation may only appear by counsel in a federal judicial proceeding, and the retained lawyer representing defendant corporation has made appearances for defendant by filing motions for an extension of time and an answer, the Richmond U.S. District ...

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Immigration – Asylum Applicant – FGM – One-Year Deadline (access required)

Denying rehearing en banc, the 4th Circuit upholds the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of a 28-year-old Senegalese woman’s petition for review of the denial of asylum under the Convention Against Torture, based on her parents’ assertion of their right ...

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VBA to take its Rule of Law program statewide (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association’s Rule of Law Project will be expanded from Roanoke Valley middle schools to classrooms across the state. The program is designed to enhance the teaching of the rule of law to seventh and eighth grade civics ...

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Hunton & Williams wins national pro bono award (access required)

Hunton & Williams LLP will receive the annual John H. Pickering Award from the Pro Bono Institute in recognition of its commitment to public service. The award is presented each year to a single law firm. It is named for ...

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