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Monthly Archives: June 2010

4th Circuit finds labor pacts don’t bar furloughs in county (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a judge’s ruling that a Maryland county’s furlough of 5,900 workers was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. ruled last August that Prince George’s County violated a provision that bars ...

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Crude jokes grounds for hostile work environment claim (access required)

A doctor’s personal jokes at a female employee’s expense may be grounds for a Title VII hostile work environment claim, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing a summary judgment. The plaintiff, a physician at the ...

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Civil Procedure – Case Consolidation – Chinese Drywall (access required)

Although defendants object to consolidation of these Chinese drywall cases because plaintiffs include personal injury claims with their claims for property damage, a Norfolk Circuit Court says that, based on plaintiffs’ proffers regarding the limited extent of the p.i. claims, ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Wife’s School Loans – Marital Debt (access required)

A couple decided wife would become qualified as a teacher to provide stable employment and a retirement benefit for the well-being of the family, and a Roanoke County Circuit Court says over $9,000 of wife’s $12,000 in school loans is ...

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Domestic Relations – PSA Enforcement – Retirement Pension (access required)

A couple’s 1988 property settlement agreement is interpreted by a Loudoun County Circuit Court to provide wife only with a share of husband’s earned pension benefits acquired as a result of his employment with the Fairfax County’s Educational Employees Supplemental ...

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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Ineffective Assistance (access required)

Although petitioner’s Virginia lawyer provided constitutionally deficient counsel when he misrepresented New Jersey law by telling petitioner that “New Jersey can’t use [her] Virginia case against” her in New Jersey, and petitioner has shown the necessary prejudice under Strickland v. ...

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Creditor’s Rights – Garnishment Exemption – Interest Payments (access required)

A Norfolk Circuit Court denies a judgment debtor’s garnishment exemption claim contending that the creditor, Investor’s Financial Services, improperly charged him a higher interest rate than that authorized by Va. Code § 6.1-330.54, and impermissibly charged compound interest on the ...

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Court gives guidance on inadvertent waivers (access required)

In Walton v. Mid-Atlantic Spine Specialists, P.C. (VLW 010-6-064), the Supreme Court of Virginia considered “whether the defendant doctor waived the attorney-client privilege for a letter he wrote to his attorney regarding potential negligence in his examination of key x-rays ...

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Matthew W. Smith appointed chairman of VSB military law section

Matthew W. Smith, of counsel in the Williamsburg office of Kaufman & Canoles, has been appointed chairman of the Virginia State Bar Military Law Section. His one-year term commences on July 1, 2010. Smith has served on the Board of ...

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