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Judge questions firm’s staffing in fee award case (access required)

Law firms serve clients and make money by leveraging the firm’s talent, from their top-dollar partners down through the ranks of associates and support staff. Decisions on how to staff a case may be tougher than ever during these recessionary ...

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Ex-judge Tripp’s license revoked (access required)

The revocation of the law license of former Norfolk Circuit Judge Alfred M. Tripp provides insight into his sudden and unexplained departure from the bench. His exit appears to have been based, at least in part, on the provision of ...

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Williams Mullen sued for sexual harassment (access required)

A former records manager for Williams Mullen has filed suit in federal court in Norfolk alleging sexual harassment and age and national origin discrimination by the firm. Hanh Nguyen Allgood, a 53-year-old Vietnamese national, worked for the firm from July ...

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Criminal – Felon In Possession – Reasonable Suspicion (access required)

A police officer who followed up on an initial consensual encounter with defendant whose vehicle was stopped, by ascertaining that the vehicle and a man had been reported missing in North Carolina, had a reasonable suspicion to detain defendant, and ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – Mom’s Move (access required)

The Court of Appeals upholds a divorce court order enjoining a mother from relocating with her four children to Massachusetts; although the move would allow the family to live with wife’s parents while she attended graduate school, the move would ...

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Domestic Relations – Health Insurance – Attorney’s Fees (access required)

A divorce court that “superseded” the parties’ 2006 property settlement agreement provision on husband’s obligation to pay for wife’s health insurance, with language in the 2008 divorce decree that modified husband’s obligation, violated Va. Code § 20-109.1 and the Court ...

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Workers’ Comp – Arising Out Of – Nursery Worker – Nearby Highway (access required)

An assistant manager at a garden shop nursery who was shutting off sprinklers located 27 feet from Route 17, when a vehicle veered off the highway onto nursery property and struck her, is entitled to workers’ comp benefits for this ...

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Search & Seizure – Anonymous Informant Tip – Guns & Drugs (access required)

Although the trial court should have suppressed cash and a statement by defendant about selling drugs, obtained as a result of an unlawful detention based on an anonymous informant’s tip, the Court of Appeals says additional evidence of defendant’s possession ...

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Search & Seizure – Front-Porch Detention – ‘Officer Safety Position’ (access required)

A consensual encounter on a front porch became a seizure when the officer commanded defendant to “get into the officer safety position,” without having a reasonable articulable suspicion about defendant posing a threat, other than defendant’s “balled up fist, raised ...

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