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Tips On Avoiding Staff Embezzlement (access required)

Attorneys and experts interviewed by Virginia Lawyers Weekly offered several tips on heading off embezzlement by law-firm staff. As a general matter, the consensus is that vigilance is critical. Controls on check-writing Start with the basics — checks written on ...

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New VTLA Chief Targets Criminal Law Bar (access required)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — When you say “Virginia Trial Lawyers Association,” most lawyers think of personal-injury lawyers. Irvin V. Cantor aims to change that. Cantor, who became VTLA president at the group’s recent meeting at The Greenbrier, said that ...

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When Lawyers Are Embezzlement Victims (access required)

The subject of staff embezzlement is awkward for lawyers. It’s embarrassing. And it’s something that almost no lawyer likes to discuss publicly. “It’s really a crime that dares not speak its name,” said Norfolk attorney Lowell A. Stanley, whose former ...

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Continued Employment Won't Back Noncompete (access required)

Staying on the job after signing a noncompete agreement will not allow an employer to enforce the noncompete, an Alexandria federal district judge has ruled. Continued employment at the same job did not provide adequate consideration for a contract, the ...

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Distress Damages Paid In Fire Insurance Case (access required)

The lawyer for a Richmond homeowner has negotiated a settlement worth $13,000 more than her fire insurance policy’s limits. His argument was based on what he called a “little-known” and “overlooked” principle of Virginia contract law: The insurance company’s breach ...

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