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Jury gives $5K to fired woman (access required)

A Loudoun County jury has returned a $5,000 verdict for a woman who claimed she was forced out of her job because of sex discrimination. The decision comes in one of the cases remanded by the Supreme Court in last ...

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Trucker's son gets $10M; Richmond record is tied (access required)

A boy injured in a collision between two big rigs on Interstate 95 won a $10 million award from a Richmond jury earlier this month. The verdict is one of the largest in state history and ties the largest reported ...

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Spanish interpreters to be available soon (access required)

Virginia judges soon may be able to choose interpreters who are certified in Spanish, under a proposal approved by the Judicial Council last week. When completed, the program would provide judges with a list of interpreters who are qualified to ...

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Discharge bill retooled by governor (access required)

Virginia employers would not be subject to suits in state court for wrongful discharge based on discrimination, under legislative amendments drafted by Gov. George F. Allen. Such state law claims would be heard only before state or local human rights ...

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Car crashes with alcohol settling for more money? (access required)

The case started out as an unremarkable car-crash claim. The plaintiff was injured in a head-on collision. He had run up $48,000 in medicals, but he was expected to make a complete recovery, according to his attorney. The plaintiff had ...

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Practice Tip: Preventing bar discipline for support staff's errors (access required)

Earlier this month, a Falls Church attorney received a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar for something he did not do. His secretary had misappropriated client funds without the attorney’s knowledge, according to the disciplinary order in the case. ...

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Arguing equitable distribution … two different ways (access required)

ARLINGTON–In an innovative Fairfax divorce case last year, a Circuit Court judge figuring equitable distribution gave a husband both his initial down payment on the marital home and a healthy share of the home’s appreciation. Prior to that case, Pederson ...

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NOVA Law: Banks outside Va. OK for trust accounts (access required)

A lawyer with a Virginia license who practices in the District of Columbia or Maryland would not have to set up a separate trust account in a Virginia bank, under a rule adopted by the Virginia State Bar Council when ...

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IOLTA rolls back July 1 (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council, which twice voted for mandatory IOLTA, has approved a rule change rolling back the program to opt-out status. The March 3 vote, which was unanimous, is part of the procedural follow-through of a deal cut ...

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Tip: Double jeopardy in DUIs? (access required)

Virginia’s new administrative suspension statute may offer a blessing in disguise for DUI defendants: a dismissal of criminal charges. Attorneys are arguing that suspending a driver’s license for a DUI offense and then trying the driver in a criminal case ...

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