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Author Archives: Christine Wright

Age case draws the line on 'neutral' remarks (access required)

A 50-year-old female sales manager’s discrimination claim can go to trial, based on her boss’s statements to her that “the job needed young people” and involved tasks “easier for a male to do,” a Roanoke federal judge has ruled. Prior ...

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Filing for comp waives all doctor/patient privileges (access required)

A claimant who files for workers’ compensation waives the physician-patient privilege not only as to the “Independent Medical Examiner,” but as to all treating doctors, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. Because the treating ...

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Trustee had no authority to put option in lease (access required)

A trustee managing a 30-acre parcel of land had no implicit authority in the trust agreement to give a third party an option to buy the property, a Charlottesville Circuit judge has ruled in a case of first impression. The ...

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NOVA Law: Tax discount shortshrifted wife's cut of business (access required)

During an equitable distribution, a judge should not have discounted the value of the husband’s dental practice by his potential tax liability if he sold the business, the Court of Appeals has ruled. Even though the husband would owe capital-gains ...

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Stay-at-home mom loses custody to working dad (access required)

A father who works seven days a week should have sole custody of his two children, even though the mother is a stay-at-home mom and a fit parent, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The mother lost custody because she ...

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Lawyer, client hit for $25K sanctions (access required)

A restaurant owner and his lawyer have been sanctioned nearly $25,000 by a Rockingham County Circuit judge for filing a suit so vague that the court did not know what relief was requested against which defendants. The award may be ...

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Dad sues therapist for inciting abuse charge… (access required)

A court-appointed therapist in a custody dispute does not have absolute immunity when she later is sued for malpractice and defamation by a father she counseled, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The father claims that the therapist, who counseled ...

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No UM allowed for moving drive-by (access required)

Drivers and passengers injured in their cars during drive-by shootings cannot get uninsured-motorist coverage, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in four consolidated cases. In each scenario, the cars were in motion when shots were fired from one car to ...

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Lawyer sanctioned, fined for filing discharge suit (access required)

A Richmond lawyer and his client have been sanctioned and fined $5,000 each for filing a wrongful-discharge suit without enough evidence to make out a case. The plaintiff claimed she had been fired from her job at a rest home ...

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Roanoke judge follows age discrimination order (access required)

A black bank employee can sue his employer for wrongful discharge based on both age and race discrimination, a Roanoke Circuit judge has ruled. In ruling on age discrimination, the judge relied on an unpublished order issued by the Virginia ...

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