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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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Prosecutor charged over discovery rule (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has charged a prosecutor with ethical misconduct for allegedly failing to share helpful evidence with a criminal defendant’s attorney. Through her attorney, the prosecutor said she did not know about most of the evidence in question, ...

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Judge rejects college liability theory in alleged rape of student (access required)


In a decision touching the sensitive matter of campus sexual assaults, a circuit judge has ruled that Virginia law does not impose a “special relationship” duty on college administrators to protect students from third-party violence. The judge’s written opinion addresses ...

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Attorney charged with timeshare sales fraud conspiracy

A Williamsburg lawyer has been accused by federal authorities of taking part in a scheme to sell multiple timeshare units to straw buyers, generating transaction fees while forcing units into foreclosure. Deborah M. Wager was named in a criminal information ...

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