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Pregnancy Discharge Lawsuit Allowed, 4-3 (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A woman claiming she was fired for getting pregnant and having a baby can sue her former employer for wrongful discharge, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled, 4-3. The majority found that she stated ...

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Court-appointed Pay Would Get Big Boost (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Court-appointed lawyers would get a big pay hike under a bill approved by the Courts of Justice Committee of the House of Delegates. For the first time, judges would get the authority to reimburse ...

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Plaintiff Must Yield Transcript (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A car-crash defendant is entitled to a transcript the plaintiff made of his traffic-court hearing, an Alleghany County circuit judge has ruled. Even though the defendant could have hired a court reporter for the ...

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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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