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Liberty U loses insurance coverage for kidnapping lawsuit

Liberty University may have won dismissal from a lawsuit accusing the school of participating in an abduction scheme, but the school likely will have to cover its own legal costs. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month ruled ...

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Judge vacates conviction of man accused of abduction

A former Charlottesville supermarket manager jailed after being accused and then convicted of abduction is free after both a prosecutor and a judge agreed there were substantial questions about the fairness of his trial. The prosecutor said an unwitting violation ...

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Woman gets jury win in FMLA case

A woman who claimed she was fired by email after asking for time off under the Family Medical Leave Act won two favorable verdicts from a Roanoke federal jury last week. The jury win closely followed a judge’s ruling that ...

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Ahoyez, ahoyez! Lawyer doubles as boat captain (access required)

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VIRGINIA BEACH – While hundreds of lawyers in business casual attire pondered new legal developments at a professional conference here last month, another lawyer was just offshore, scouting the waters for fish. During the week, Eastern Shore attorney Jack A. ...

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Prosecutors on rule changes: There is no ‘trial by ambush’ (access required)


Prosecutors and law enforcement interests remain strongly opposed to a series of recommended reforms in Virginia’s criminal discovery rules. After a last round of public comments, the package of changes is now before the Supreme Court of Virginia. The recommendations ...

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‘Not-pot’ student discipline case survives initial challenge

A middle school student who claims he was suspended and prosecuted for marijuana possession – even though the material taken from him tested negative for marijuana – can pursue his lawsuit against school officials. U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon ...

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