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Art imitates journalism

If you’re a fan of the TV show “Mad Men,” as I am, you’re glad that the 17-month wait for season five is over. Last Sunday, AMC aired two hours of the show, giving Mad Men-iacs a new dose of ...

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U.S.: Va. treatment center operators to pay $6.85m

MARION, Va. (AP) — The operators of a now-closed residential treatment center in southwest Virginia have agreed to a $6.85 million settlement with the state and federal governments over alleged substandard psychiatric treatment for adolescents. The Justice Department announced the ...

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Battle is joined over cap on tort damages

Armed with two $4-million verdicts against the state, lawyers for families of Virginia Tech shooting victims are seeking to avoid the $100,000 cap on recovery under the Virginia Tort Claims Act. Under the law, the cap is raised to the ...

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Same-Sex Status Not Deterrent to Foster Custody (access required)

Although petitioners, a committed lesbian couple, served as outstanding foster parents until recent events, the Wise County Circuit Court cannot disregard the recent founded complaint of abuse and two criminal charges arising from one petitioner’s corporal punishment of her partner’s ...

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Rebuttal Witnesses Not Too Late (access required)

In plaintiffs’ defamation suit against a television station, a Norfolk U.S. District Court magistrate judge says plaintiffs may not belatedly designated certain persons as case-in-chief witnesses, but they may name two additional persons as rebuttal witnesses. Plaintiffs allege defendants’ March ...

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