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Judge allows using state money for rail project

A circuit judge has turned aside Montgomery County’s objections to state funding for a Norfolk Southern Corp. intermodal rail facility in the county. Richmond Circuit Judge Melvin Hughes ruled Nov. 18 that the state constitution does not bar public support ...

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The Obama presidency: what it will mean for lawyers (access required)

President Barack Obama has been in office for less than a year, but already his White House has implemented or signaled a host of changes that affect the way trial attorneys practice law and run their businesses. On the employment ...

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The next pick for U.S. Supreme Court? (access required)

President Obama seated his first U.S. Supreme Court justice within months of taking office, leaving open the very strong possibility that he will get another chance to make an appointment to the nation’s highest court – perhaps even before his ...

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The flu and the law: Prepping for a busy season (access required)

The EEOC recently issued a guidance, “Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” to remind employers of employees’ rights and help them plan for dealing with the H1N1 virus. The most important advice for employers: planning ...

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What to do when your employees get the flu (access required)

There are a number of simple precautions that employers can take to help protect their employees from the H1N1 virus. But what do you do once an employee is diagnosed with the flu? Management attorneys caution that when that starts ...

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Letter to the Editor (access required)

Dear Editor: The dissent in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts predicted that the Court’s narrow 5-4 decision would have catastrophic consequences. The majority, of course, brushed off this criticism. So where do we stand, five months after Melendez-Diaz and three months after ...

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Appeals Court upholds men’s custody in surrogate case (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals has upheld custody orders from North Carolina in favor of a male homosexual couple that were challenged by the surrogate mother of the child the couple are rearing. Roberto-Luis Copeland and Philip B. Spivey each ...

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One-third of homicides result of family discord (access required)

The Virginia Department of Health says about one-third of the homicides that occurred in the state between 1999 and 2007 were the result of family or intimate-partner discord or violence. In a report released last week, the agency analyzed 1,232 ...

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Norfolk judge rules in legal notice dispute (access required)

A daily newspaper with paid circulation that wants to publish legal notices does not need a court order, a Norfolk Circuit Court has ruled. Newspapers that meet the requirements of Va. Code § 8.01-324(A) may publish legal notices; no court ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Fifth Amendment (access required)

The Court of Appeals upholds termination of a father’s parental rights despite his claim that he was penalized for exercising his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent due to pending criminal charges that he sexually molested two of his children. ...

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