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Negligent Retention (access required)

A woman comes to your office, ready to sue her company after her boss has sexually assaulted her. She is not the first woman to be treated this way, she says, based on confidences from a co-worker. As you craft ...

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Can employers dodge this claim? (access required)

On the flip side of the negligent-retention discussion are employers–from mom-and-pops to multi-nationals–who must figure out just what do they do once they learn that an employee has harassed a co-worker, slugged a customer or committed some other act that ...

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Sargent selected as U.S. magistrate judge (access required)

Abingdon lawyer Pamela Meade Sargent has been selected tentatively to be the next U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District. Her formal appointment now depends on the results of background investigations, including a check by the FBI, she said. Sargent ...

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Mandatory Pro Bono? (access required)

Sen. Joseph V. Gartlan put the issue of mandatory pro bono publico work for Virginia’s lawyers on the table this summer. Citing American Bar Association statistics and a 1991 study commissioned by the Virginia Law Foundation, Gartlan said that the ...

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Denial of med-pay by carrier was bad faith (access required)

An insurance company acted in bad faith when it stopped medical payments and failed to do further investigation when its policyholder continued to feel pain, a Chesterfield General District judge has ruled. The judge awarded the plaintiff the balance of ...

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Ads can provide venue (access required)

Where a ski resort advertised in the City of Charlottesville, it was “doing business” there, and venue for a lawsuit against it was proper in the city, a Charlottesville Circuit judge has ruled. But the suit was based on an ...

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