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In FMLA case, jury resolves issue of whether woman quit or was fired (access required)

Plaintiff was director of human resources for Tread Corporation, a Roanoke-based manufacturer of mining-related equipment and trucks. Tread fired plaintiff almost immediately after she requested medical leave of absence forms to take to her physician. Tread claimed she resigned. The ...

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Special needs child, 6, drowned at pool party (access required)

This case involving the drowning death of a 6-year old special needs child. The plaintiffs’ son was a 6-year-old autistic child, suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome. He had significant learning disabilities and required round-the-clock supervision. In the summer of 2014, the ...

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Ass’n had to hire new company to complete contractor’s work (access required)

Association contracted with defendant contractor to make repairs to dams and underwater pipes for $833,000. Contractor completed part of the work, had billed association for 85 percent of the contract price, was paid, and then demanded payment of 10 percent ...

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Class action suit over Fair Credit notice settles for $20M (access required)

The plaintiffs claimed that the defendants violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (the “FCRA”) by: (1) failing to provide consumers with notice that they were furnishing an employment-purposed consumer report “at the time” they ...

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Telecom companies prevail on business tort claims (access required)

World Telecom Exchange Communications LLC, or WTXC, and its parent-company, Tulynet FZ LLC, operated as telecommunications businesses, buying and selling telephone minutes for calls connecting to developing countries. In January 2011, WTXC’s CEO, CFO and other key management left WTXC ...

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D. Michael Atkins (access required)

Charlottesville lawyer D. Michael Atkins died Feb. 14 at age 65. Born in Richmond, Mr. Atkins graduated from Douglas Freeman High School in 1969. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1973 and from the University of Virginia law ...

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Jobs: 5 ways your cover letter might be hurting you (access required)

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Next to online dating profiles, cover letters may be the scariest things to write. And the stakes are equally high. “Countless smart job seekers have never heard back because their cover letters sabotaged them,” says Paul Freiberger, a career coach ...

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