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Continued Smoking Bars Comp (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A woman who refused to quit smoking should be denied workers’ compensation benefits, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The woman’s doctor told her she must quit ...

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Man Crushed By Wall Wins $20M In Portsmouth Case (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A motorist who was crushed by a 16-ton concrete wall that fell off a tractor-trailer won a $20 million jury verdict in Portsmouth last Wednesday. The award sets the record for a personal injury ...

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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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ADA Claim Fails, Response To Allergies 'Reasonable' (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief An HIV-positive man with heightened allergy sensitivities cannot bring an ADA discrimination claim against his employer, a federal judge in Norfolk has ruled. The judge found as a matter of law that the company ...

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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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Denial Of Med Pay Was Made In "Bad Faith" (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A Norfolk General District judge ruled last week that an insurance company was not acting “in good faith” when it refused to pay its policyholder’s medical expenses in full after a car wreck. As ...

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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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