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Infrared breath test admissible (access required)

When prosecuting a drunken driver, the commonwealth may use test results from a machine performing an infrared analysis of the suspect’s breath, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. The decision forecloses an argument ...

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Fired workers out of luck? (access required)

Workers claiming employment discrimination gained a big victory last year: The Virginia Supreme Court allowed a plaintiff to bring a state claim for wrongful discharge under the Bowman exception. But a bill working its way through the General Assembly would ...

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IOLTA would become voluntary (access required)

Mandatory IOLTA in Virginia soon may be dead. The controversial program would be rolled back from mandatory to opt-out status under a bill presently working its way through the General Assembly. The roll-back measure is the fruit of a compromise ...

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Gov. Allen's '95 budget stiffs VSB (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s uphill climb for relief from budget restrictions became a little steeper last week with the release of Gov. George F. Allen’s proposed budget for 1995-96. The 1994 General Assembly imposed a freeze on dues and staffing ...

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