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No Noncompete, No Relief For Employer (access required)

Lawyers on both sides agree: A covenant not to compete might have made all the difference in a recent employment-law ruling by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The case is Williams v. Dominion Technology Partners, L.L.C. (VLW 003-6-036). On Feb. ...

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Arlington Bar Rejects Board's PD Resolution (access required)

In a referendum, the members of the Arlington County Bar Association have rejected a resolution supporting the establishment of a public defender’s office in the county. In late November 2002, the association’s board of directors unanimously passed the resolution, which ...

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Credit-Card Company Hit For Inadequate 'Investigation' (access required)

A Richmond jury has held a credit-card company liable for failing to perform an adequate investigation of a customer’s complaint that she did not owe the company $17,000 on a delinquent account. According to the customer’s lawyer, it is the ...

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Richmond Lawyer Wants To Be Next AG (access required)

With Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore the presumptive Republican nominee for governor in 2005, the jockeying among lawyers looking to replace him has already begun. Richmond attorney Stephen E. Baril, a pro-business conservative, is the first of the pack to ...

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'Aspirational' Term In PSA Lets Ex-Wife Move (access required)

Although a divorcing couple with children signed an agreement stating that they would live no more than 30 miles apart, a Fairfax circuit judge has held that the mother may move from Northern Virginia to Chesapeake because the language in ...

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$1M Verdict Sets Southampton Record (access required)

A Southampton County jury has awarded $1 million to a farmer who was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler while riding his tractor. The verdict is reportedly the highest in the history of the rural county of 17,000, which sits ...

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Lawyer says GAL ruling creates a 'third parent' (access required)

The lawyer for a father embroiled in a visitation dispute is taking his client’s case to the Supreme Court of Virginia. His argument in his petition seeking a writ: By sanctioning the continuing appointment of a guardian ad litem when ...

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$1M Verdict For Tractor Collision (access required)

A Southampton County jury has awarded $1 million to a farmer who was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler while riding his tractor. The verdict is reportedly the highest in the history of the rural county of 17,000, which sits ...

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Hassell Sworn In As New Chief Justice (access required)

Before a courtroom packed with family, friends and public officials, Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia last Tuesday. Justice Barbara Milano Keenan administered the oath of office to Hassell, ...

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Taking Over Client Was Fiduciary Duty Breach (access required)

An employee who generated more than $2 million after taking over the work of his employer’s client is liable for breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference, a circuit judge has ruled. The employee, the manager of a pre-press and ...

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