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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Civil Rights – First Amendment – ABC Laws – Club Dancing (access required)

In this challenge to the constitutionality of Virginia statutes and regulations that license alcohol sales in clubs, a Norfolk U.S. District Court says plaintiff clubs can go forward with their claims of constitutional violations in laws that reference “persons of ...

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Consumer Protection – Real Estate – Fraud – Luxury Community (access required)

A couple’s fraud suit against defendants who allegedly misrepresented luxury amenities that would be available to the couple through defendant Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company with their purchase of a parcel in Loudoun County’s Creighton Farms development must try their $2.5 million ...

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Civil Rights – First Amendment – Funeral Protest (access required)

A 4th Circuit panel reverses a multi-million dollar verdict for a family who sued members of a Kansas church for their outspoken, homophobic protests about divine judgment on the U.S. at the funeral of the family’s Marine son who was ...

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The crisp refresher…

At least one judge welcomes objections that bring to mind a long forgotten paean to a brand of cheap beer. The judge is Roanoke’s Cliff Weckstein and the beer is Ballantine. As several dozen lawyers listened, Weckstein today described the ...

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Are a law practice and a law office synonymous? (access required)

Is the location of your office, whether downtown, in a strip mall or in a two-story walkup, critical from a client perspective? The answer depends on the types of clients you seek to attract and what is most convenient to ...

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ACLU approves of religious protest against it

The ACLU of Virginia says a sectarian prayer at a high school football game is unconstitutional, but a religious protest by students against the ACLU for objecting to the prayer is perfectly acceptable. ACLU Executive Director Kent Willis explains why ...

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Abuse charge against lawyer dropped

A special prosecutor today nol prossed a charge of sexual battery against Roanoke lawyer David D. Lawrence. Lawrence was charged in May with a misdemeanor count of sexual battery.  According to The Roanoke Times , the female victim alleged Lawrence ...

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How to protect your firm’s passwords (access required)

They are the last lines of defense between your firm’s (and your clients’) confidential online data and a security breach. So how can you ensure that your passwords are up to snuff? Lawyers USA recently spoke with Stephen Bird of ...

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Virginia Beach clerk to cut back hours

The Virginia Beach Circuit Court clerk’s office will close at 1 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays under new hours to start Oct. 13, Clerk Tina E. Sinnen reports. The new hours will be Monday through Wednesday 8:30am to 4pm and ...

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