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Mom moves with kids without court?s OK (access required)

A custodial mother can move outside the commonwealth without court permission, so long as the move is in the “best interests of the children,” the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The appellate court refused to penalize the mother for ...

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Consumer Act won?t back ?Bowman? suit (access required)

The Virginia Consumer Protection Act cannot serve as the basis for a whistleblower’s wrongful discharge claim, a Richmond federal district judge has ruled. The whistleblower alleged that he lost his job after he complained to his employer, a polyester yarn ...

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Additur statute struck as unconstitutional (access required)

A Virginia statute that allows trial judges to increase a jury award to a plaintiff is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The 1994 additur statute violates the “sacred” jury trial right guaranteed by the Virginia Constitution, the ...

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