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No sealed settlement in restaurant pay case

A restaurant chain’s settlement of servers’ overtime-pay claims will not be sealed, an Alexandria U.S. District Court said earlier this month. The employer urged confidentiality and the employees acquiesced, according to the court’s opinion in Miles v. Ruby Tuesday Inc., ...

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High court says no to shutting down state government (access required)

Some motions don’t require a lot of legal analysis. On July 12, while his conviction for having what appeared to be a weapon of terrorism was on appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia, Mark Ryland Dowdy filed a pro ...

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Court sets aside earlier order on laches (access required)

Never mind, the Supreme Court of Virginia said today in holding that it reversed a Smyth County circuit judge on a point that it shouldn’t have considered in the first place. The issue arose from a claim that an accountant ...

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Deals reportedly reached for some trial judgeships

The General Assembly is expected to fill circuit court openings in Virginia Beach and on the Eastern Shore during today’s meeting. Disagreements between Democratic and Republican lawmakers had prevented officials from electing judges in these circuits, according toThe Virginian-Pilot. A ...

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LEO barring Medicare indemnity is approved

A legal ethics opinion declaring it unethical for plaintiffs’ lawyers to indemnify insurance companies against unforeseen liens has been approved by the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. LEO 1858 holds it improper for the insurance company lawyer ...

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Inverse Condemnation from Bridge Project (access required)

A Wythe County Circuit Court says a VDOT construction project to expand an I-77 bridge damaged petitioners’ farm property because it affected their access easement and directed water onto their property, creating erosion ditches, and the owners are entitled to ...

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Judge Petty on professionalism

WINTERGREEN—Lawyers need to do a better job at bringing along the newest members of the profession, according to Court of Appeals Judge William G. Petty. The medical profession requires its new members to serve a residency, learning at the elbows ...

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Court Finds Contempt, Orders Default & Fees (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court pulls the plug on defense of a fraud and breach of contract case filed a subcontractor against a government contractor, and finds defendant contractor in contempt of court for its bad faith and repeated violations ...

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