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Pregnancy discharge states Bowman claim (access required)

A woman who claimed she was fired for getting pregnant can use the Bowman public-policy exception to sue for wrongful discharge, a Newport News Circuit judge has ruled. The decision creates a split in Virginia’s circuits on the issue. In ...

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Lockhart amendments held not retroactive (access required)

Two cases in Roanoke, one federal and one state, have reached opposite conclusions on whether a 1995 statute designed to curtail wrongful discharge claims is retroactive. In the state case, the judge found that the new law was not retroactive, ...

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Editor's Notebook: Named partners (access required)

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners just released the list of the 870 candidates who passed the July bar examination; these happy and relieved people will become real lawyers today at an admission ceremony to be held in Richmond. The ...

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Third party can sue for bad faith (access required)

A couple can bring a claim as third-party beneficiaries against an insurance company for breach of its duty of good faith and fair dealing, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The insurance company delayed payment on a claim for damage ...

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