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Spousal Support Added to Marital Award (access required)

The Court of Appeals upholds a $12,000 monthly spousal support award to a 57-year-old stay-at-home wife, rejecting husband’s argument that wife could generate sufficient income from her equitable distribution award and did not need spousal support; wife’s awards of over ...

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Mine Worker Wins Lifetime Wage Benefits (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms an award of lifetime wage benefits to a mine worker diagnosed with pneumoconiosis pursuant to Va. Code § 65.2-504(A)(4), rejecting employer’s contention that the claim for benefits was time-barred because of claimant’s 1987 diagnosis.   Regarding ...

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Court Dismisses Minors’ Claims Signed by Parents (access required)

In plaintiffs’ pro se trespass and nuisance suit against their neighbors, the Fairfax Circuit Court grants defendants’ motion to dismiss claims of the minor children, as the parents’ signatures on the complaint do not comply with Virginia pleading requirements. Plaintiffs ...

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Fired employee could sue for blood safety claim (access required)

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An American Red Cross employee can  sue  for  retaliatory termination after she reported a supervisor’s alleged contamination of personnel and blood products while drawing blood from two donors, a Norfolk federal court has ruled. When the employee was fired several ...

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