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Guarantee valid under renewed lease (access required)

A guarantee of a restaurant lease remains valid even after the original lease term has expired and the lease has been renewed, a Loudoun County circuit judge has ruled. The judge reached this result even though the guarantors had sold ...

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The 1993 Legal Year (access required)

Normally, Virginia’s legal system basks in relative anonymity. Our reputation for conservative jurisprudence doesn’t put us on national television or the wire services very often, let alone in the tabloids. But two unusual, and very different, cases saw the harsh ...

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…On a lighter note in '93 (access required)

Not every item in the legal news in Virginia in 1993 was portentous or serious. Among the more unusual stories across the commonwealth this past year: 1. The Bobbitts. John and Lorena Bobbitt of Prince William County became household names ...

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Fired short-termer can void non-compete (access required)

A tax preparation company cannot enforce a two-year non-compete agreement against a worker it fired after 35 days on the job, a Wise County circuit judge has ruled. The judge found the restraints on the employee to be “unreasonable,” and ...

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