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Whistleblower prevails in first SOX trial in Virginia – $950,000 Verdict (access required)

In this whistleblower case, plaintiff Andrea Gail Jones alleged defendants SouthPeak Interactive Corporation of Delaware, Terry M. Phillips and Melanie J. Mroz terminated her on Aug. 14, 2009, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1514A, the anti-retaliation provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley ...

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Plaintiff sued neighbors for racial harassment – $98,688 Verdict (access required)

This case stemmed from a situation that began when a husband and wife cursed out their neighbor, using patently racist language. This behavior evolved into regular verbal harassment, which was often explicitly racial in nature. Additionally, the wife filed two ...

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County faces attorneys’ fees in prayer case

A federal judge has recommended that Pittsylvania County pay more than $53,000 in attorneys’ fees after losing the public prayer lawsuit brought by ACLU lawyers. After a year and a half of litigation, U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski in ...

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Good guys: David and David

The Virginia Bar Association held its summer meeting at The Homestead (sorry, “the Omni Homestead Resort” – that moniker is going to take a long time to catch on, if ever) last month. The VBA honored two lawyers – both ...

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Dog days here again

As part of our annual public-service update on dog law, we offer a tale with a tip for dog owners. When it comes to picking a name for your pooch, think ahead. If you ever have to defend a dog-bite ...

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