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Christian nurse uses Title VII (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief An evangelical Christian nurse was allowed to go forward on her religious discrimination claim against her boss and her employer, under a ruling from a federal judge in Alexandria. The woman claimed that her ...

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Win On Bad Reference Is Reversed (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a $330,000 jury verdict based on a negative job reference. The court slammed the door on use of a tool plaintiff’s employment lawyers had hoped to use in ...

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Defense Bar Hones Argument (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Plaintiff’s lawyers should expect to see the argument made in the Crawford case again, perhaps sometime soon. Last month the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys featured a seminar at its annual meeting in Norfolk ...

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Production Ordered In Southside (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Southside Virginia has been very, very good to plaintiffs scrapping for access to accident reports. The latest two cases in the accident report wars–one from Henry County and the other from Pittsylvania County–were both ...

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The Name of the Game (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief New admittees to the Virginia State Bar often ask us, “So, just how do I insure that my budding legal career is long, distinguished and illustrious, not to mention lucrative?” The first thing we ...

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Bar Results Go High-Tech (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The results of the July 1996 Virginia bar examination are in. The pass rate–818 of 1081, or 75.7 percent–is pretty standard. Roughly three-quarters pass the summer test every year. But this year’s results came ...

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Juror can be struck for wealth (access required)

A black rape defendant can strike a prominent white business executive from a jury because his lawyer thought the businessman could not “relate to a person of the defendant’s standing,” the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The defense lawyer’s ...

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