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Death settlement limited by defendant’s limits, UIM – $1 Million Settlement (access required)

The decedent was a beloved daughter and sister who was killed in a car crash as a passenger when her vehicle was rear ended by a drunken driver in Norfolk on April 24, 2016. The collision occurred at the intersection ...

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Driver was on ‘special errand’ for employer at time of wreck – $500,000 Settlement (access required)

Shortly after leaving work on his motor­cycle, plaintiff was struck by defendant’s late model luxury sedan. He suffered se­rious orthopedic injuries but enjoyed a good recovery. Defendant driver carried a liability policy worth less than the cost of his vehicle. ...

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Plaintiff wanted less than demand to avoid trial, but carrier balked – $50,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff was a 26-year-old wom­an driving home along the Virginia Beach oceanfront at 11 p.m. The de­fendant ran a red light at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Ave­nue. Plaintiff’s ve­hicle overturned, and the windshield blew out showering ...

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The rise of mental health disabilities in the workplace

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Declan Leonard and Nick Johnson Ten years ago, it was not entire­ly clear whether an employee suffering from a mental health disorder was considered to have a “disability,” as defined under the Americans ...

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What every company can learn from the Fox News sexual harassment fiasco

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Seth Berenzweig and Drew Smith With a medley of infograph­ics, tickers and colorful personalities that leave the television more crowded than a fish market on Good Friday, Fox News ascended in the past ...

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When does ex-employee’s use of LinkedIn violate a non-solicitation agreement?

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Katie Lipp and David Moon LinkedIn has quickly emerged as the premier social media outlet for professional network­ing in the United States. However, while the platform presents an exciting opportunity for com­panies to ...

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Why employees may be the biggest risk for a cyber attack

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Steve Britt and Frank Gulino During tax season earlier this year, a human resources professional at a Virginia government contractor received an email purportedly from the company’s CEO requesting the 2016 tax forms ...

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Prevent employees from walking off with trade secrets

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Clyde Findley and Ryen Rasmus Intellectual property law is com­plicated. It protects legal rights associated with intangible and never-before-seen items. The IP field is full of jargon and contradic­tions, has few bright-line rules, ...

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