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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Domestic Relations – Adultery – Sanctions Under Va. Statute (access required)

A lawyer’s recitation of husband’s e-mail and internet traffic using a private account and visiting adult web sites does not support his claim that husband has committed adultery, and a Fairfax Circuit Court orders sanctions of $2,638 in attorney’s fees ...

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Municipal – Inverse Condemnation – Flooding – Single Occurrence (access required)

A one-time incident of flooding does not support a cause of action for inverse condemnation against Fairfax County and a mere allegation that the county did nothing more than acquiesce in the construction of the Beltway does not support an ...

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Employment – Noncompete – Auto Body Repair – Liquidated Damages (access required)

A former employee, shareholder and corporate officer for an automotive dealership violated his employment agreement’s noncompete by forming a competing business and soliciting a coworker while still employed by the dealership, and he must pay damages for breach of fiduciary ...

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Criminal – Resentencing – Recusal – Death Penalty (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court judge declines to recuse himself from a proceeding to resentence a capital defendant whose death sentence was reversed by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Defendant moved to recuse this judge, arguing that he had presided over ...

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Law firm sues for unpaid fee…gets it all!

How many decisions have we featured over the years in which a lawyer or a law firm is forced to bring suit to collect an unpaid fee, and a judge whacks it down? Sometimes a lot. Sometimes the lawyer gets ...

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Going solo: Choosing practice areas for your firm  (access required)

When I consult with students and clients interested in going solo, I’m often surprised that they haven’t considered the economic health of the country and how it might fit into the design of their business plans. The economy should not ...

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Administrative – Polygraph – Training Center Employee – Abuse Of Residents (access required)

The Court of Appeals upholds a decision sustaining the termination of an employee at Southside Virginia Training Center, based on evidence that the employee had physically abused severely mentally retarded residents, in violation of specific departmental instructions prohibiting such abuse. ...

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