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Bar Groups Seeking A Pact On Expert Bias (access required)

Representatives of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys are discussing a possible gentleman’s agreement on litigators’ efforts to show the financial bias of expert witnesses. Although officers from both groups stress that any pact ...

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Fired Woman Can Seek Damages For Distress (access required)

A fired French horn player may seek damages for emotional distress in her breach-of-employment-contract claim against the Roanoke Symphony, a circuit judge has ruled. The judge found that the plaintiff could use a test set out in the Restatement (Second) ...

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Sentencing 'Tool' Pilot Plan Goes Statewide (access required)

Following five years of testing in six circuits, lawyers and judges throughout the state are using a new “risk-assessment tool” in the sentencing phase of certain nonviolent offenders. The tool is a one-page checklist that assigns values to certain risk-assessment ...

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Hiring, Salaries Stay Steady, Survey Says (access required)

In spite of a sluggish economy, the state’s largest law firms are hiring and paying new associates at about the same rate as last year, according to Virginia Lawyers Weekly‘s 15th Annual New Associates’ Salary Survey. Recruiters at firms throughout ...

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