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Fed up with sex talk, woman quits, files suit (access required)

An office manager who claims she quit work because her boss continually made sexual remarks to her can state a Bowman claim for sexual harassment, a Roanoke Circuit judge has ruled. The decision is the first holding that sexual harassment ...

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Tip: Attorneys' straight talk untangles divorce knots (access required)

“Exercise more” and “eat healthier” are two New Year’s resolutions that top many self-improvement lists. But at work, divorce lawyers should consider a different goal: Settle cases more often. In spite of the acrimony, the recriminations and the emotional overtones, ...

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Can bosses be nailed for discrimination? (access required)

An individual supervisor may be personally liable for sexual harassment under Title VII, a Roanoke federal judge has ruled. With this decision, the judge reversed field from one of his own 1994 opinions; he indicated that the earlier ruling was ...

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Income imputed to jailed father with no resources (access required)

An incarcerated father with no income still must pay $255.27 per month in child support based solely on “imputed income,” a Clarke County Circuit judge has ruled. The father was imprisoned for sexually abusing his twin daughters. Now, the court ...

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Treating doctors need not do 'expert report' (access required)

A plaintiff’s treating physician need not file an “expert written report” under the federal rules, unless the plaintiff’s attorney referred him to the doctor, a federal magistrate judge in Norfolk has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. “Expert ...

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No order, but income imputed (access required)

A father who switched to a lower-paying job must have income imputed to him, even though there was no support order in place when he changed jobs, the Court of Appeals has ruled. This decision extends the landmark case of ...

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Constructive discharge supports Bowman suit (access required)

The Bowman public-policy exception extends to cases of constructive discharge, two federal judges have ruled in separate cases. Each case allows an employee claiming she was “constructively discharged” due to sexual harassment to sue her employer for wrongful termination. The ...

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Necessary parties must be named to impeach will (access required)

A daughter’s suit to challenge her father’s will was dismissed because she failed to name the executor and other beneficiaries as defendants within the one-year statute of limitations, a Loudoun Circuit judge has ruled. Failure to name these necessary parties ...

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'Use' of car narrowed (access required)

A police officer shot during a traffic stop did not have uninsured-motorist coverage because the gunman was not “using” his car, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. In another insurance case decided the same day, an employee who drove to ...

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Do as we say… Burger could have used a good T & E attorney (access required)

If the cobbler’s children go without shoes, lawyers have their own variation on that theme: A lawyer’s children pay big bucks to “Uncle Sam and Aunt Virginia” when the lawyer dies without a will or with a poor excuse for ...

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