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Let us pray (access required)

Lawyers grow so accustomed to their terms of art that they sometimes forget how those phrases sound to the man on the street. When U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. told an unrepresented plaintiff that he needed to add ...

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Drop and give me (exactly) 30, agent (access required)

Do you remember the Presidential Physical Fitness Tests, where elementary school students were paraded before their gym class peers for public humiliation based on how many pullups they could (or, more often, couldn’t) do? Luckily, those ended in 2012, but ...

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Are you threatening me?! (access required)

There’s an old adage that goes something like, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Apparently, Virginia’s William White is fresh out of honey, so the only thing he caught with his sour collection tactics was a ...

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You can argue, but can you sue? (access required)

A “right to argue” may not be enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, but it surely is dear to the hearts of Americans, as a new court case illustrates. Unfortunately, a lender’s notice to a borrower that she had a “right ...

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That’s some chutzpah, court says (access required)

Lawyers enter into stipulations during litigation to same time for the courts and themselves. A stipulation may be less than clear, however, or at least less advantageous than it first appeared. An employer appealing a workers’ comp award to a ...

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Victory comes with a sting

Sometimes you win your case, but not without a few barbs aimed at your client. Such was the case with a man who hoped to return to work at a Dollar General warehouse in South Boston. He tried to apply, ...

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Court crafts warning for witnesses

When federal prosecutors tried to get an edge with potential witnesses in a criminal case, a public defender cried foul and asked the court for more time to undo the damage. Alexandria U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee not only ...

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Criminal law, and a dog named Guinness

Here’s something you don’t see all too often – a “dangerous dog” case. That’s a proceeding under Virginia Code § 3.2-6540, in which the commonwealth seeks to have a dog declared dangerous if it attacked or bit someone. If adjudicated, ...

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