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Sleep-driving defense fails at high court (access required)

A Loudoun County motorist who claimed he was sleep-driving after taking Ambien has lost his DWI appeal in the Supreme Court of Virginia. In an unpublished order, the high court rejected Joshua K. Shortt’s appeal of his conviction for driving ...

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Jury Should Decide Retaliation Claim (access required)

The Richmond U.S. District Court denies summary judgment for employer in a Title VII action alleging retaliatory termination for reporting sexual harassment of an employee with whom the terminated employee had had an adulterous affair; the parties’ conflicting allegations presented ...

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‘Crime Fraud’ Applies, Psychiatrist Must Provide Records (access required)

The federal common law should recognize a crime-fraud exception to the psychotherapist-patient privilege, says an Abingdon U.S. District Court magistrate judge, and she orders a D.C. psychiatrist to produce patient records subpoenaed during a grand jury investigation of prescription of ...

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Tips on guest blogging (access required)

Guest blogging is a good way for small firm and solo lawyers to show their expertise and market their firm at the same time. While it helps to already have your own established blog, lawyers who don’t have time to ...

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Dig deeper for a ticket to 4th Circuit

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is raising the price of admission. Actually, it’s not the 4th circuit, it’s all federal appeals courts. Judges propose to raise the admission fee for applicants to practice in the federal appeals courts ...

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Former lawyer convicted of fraud, taken to jail

A federal jury has decided former Virginia Beach lawyer Brian Gay stole about $400,000 from the estate of a deceased client. After Monday’s guilty verdict on nine counts, Norfolk U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson revoked Gay’s bond. The Virginian-Pilot ...

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