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Faith-Based Invitations Spawn Title VII Claim (access required)

Because a reasonable jury could conclude plaintiff’s immediate supervisor, a middle-school media specialist, knew her overtures – invitations to start the day with prayer and devotions, join a Bible study group and attend a Christian conference – were not welcomed ...

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Senators endorse Lauck and Jenkins for judgeship

Virginia’s two U.S. senators have recommended both U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck and Richmond Circuit Judge Clarence N. Jenkins Jr. for the new federal district bench seat to be opened in March. In a joint letter to President Obama, ...

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Civil rights claim against prosecutor goes forward (access required)


A Richmond federal judge has refused to throw out allegations of misconduct against a Virginia prosecutor in a civil lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was arrested and jailed for almost a year based on false accusations supported ...

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Legislators, others honored by prosecutors

Two retiring delegates were among legislators and lawyers honored as “Champions of Justice” by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys at their annual meeting in Virginia Beach this month. Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, was recognized for his long service as ...

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EEOC puts new focus on severance agreements (access required)

For most employers, employee severance agreements are essential tools for ensuring that the end of an employment relationship doesn’t lead to litigation. But a recent lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that an overly-broad severance agreement itself violated ...

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Habeas Court Says Lawyer’s Performance Not Deficient (access required)

A defendant convicted of felony murder and sentenced to 70 years in prison has failed to state claims for constitutionally deficient performance of his trial counsel under the standard of Strickland v. Washington, and the Hanover County Circuit Court grants ...

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‘Continuous’ Trespass Damages Claim Untimely (access required)

The statute of limitations does not bar plaintiff’s complaint for injunctive relief for an alleged  trespass by defendant Verizon by coming onto his property in July or August 1995 to place an overhead telephone cable, without permission or authority to ...

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