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Making it easier to sue a business (access required)

Virginia prides itself on being a strongly pro-business state. It may be a surprise, then, to note that during the past year, the generally conservative and business-friendly Supreme Court of Virginia has made it much easier to sue a company. ...

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'Bowman' claim is barred by Comp Act (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A nurse’s Bowman wrongful discharge claim is barred by the Workers’ Compensation Act, a federal judge in Roanoke has ruled in a case of first impression. The nurse filed a comp claim after she ...

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Man's suicide will not bar workers' comp (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The family of a man who committed suicide because of chronic pain and depression following a workplace accident can recover workers’ compensation benefits, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first ...

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'COMMUNITY CARETAKER' (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The commonwealth may use the “community caretaker” doctrine to justify the search of a defendant’s home, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The community caretaker rationale, based on a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case, ...

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