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'Lockhart' Amendments Are Upheld (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A white secretary claiming race discrimination after she was fired by a black supervisor cannot sue under the Bowman public policy exception, a Norfolk Circuit judge has ruled. The judge upheld the validity of ...

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Bar May Endorse Dental Plan (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The Virginia State Bar soon may be sponsoring new personal insurance programs for lawyers in the commonwealth. At its meeting in Richmond this week, the VSB Council will consider sponsorship of new programs for ...

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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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