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Defamation claim is based on reference (access required)

Where a man’s former employer told a prospective employer that the man “lost his temper” and “just didn’t fit in,” he can sue the ex-employer for defamation, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The case highlights the problems with providing ...

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High court approves new rules on ethics (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia approved the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct last Monday. The new ethics code, the culmination of years of work by a special Virginia State Bar committee, was approved without any substantial changes to the petition ...

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High court reaffirms med-mal damages cap (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld the constitutionality of Virginia’s $1 million cap on medical malpractice damages. In a closely watched case, the high court unanimously upheld its previous decision on the cap’s constitutionality, Etheridge v. Medical Center Hospitals, ...

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