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Suit OK, retailer ‘notice’ a question for jury (access required)

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A woman hurt when an electrical junction box cover fell from the roof of a Wal-Mart store in Staunton can press forward with her negligence suit against the retailer, a federal judge in Harrisonburg has ruled. The accident allegedly resulted ...

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Different jurisdictions, but same conspiracy (access required)

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An argument by prosecutors that a drug dealer engaged in two separate conspiracies and could be prosecuted in separate Virginia districts has failed to persuade judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 4th Circuit unanimously held June ...

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Lawyers and doctors draw court’s attention so far in ’17 (access required)

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Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents a new service in this issue, “The Trial Practice Mid-Year Review.” This section is a compilation of selected case digests from January-May 2017 that had the designations “Civil Procedure,” “Tort,” “Negligence” and “Insurance.”  The cases come ...

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Firing upheld for ‘false’ report of harassment (access required)

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An employer may fire an employee who reported a coworker’s sexual harassment claim, when the employer’s investigation determined the reporting employee fabricated the claim, a federal appeals court said on June 7. The employee said she reported the coworker’s claim ...

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Immunity denied over lab tests in med-mal action (access required)

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Doctors who hoped to use the lab-test-immunity provision of Virginia’s medical malpractice law failed to make their case, a Fairfax County circuit judge has ruled. The decision revives attention to a compromise statute hammered out in 2006 following two conflicting ...

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Lawyer who abused Vietnam veteran’s charity is disbarred (access required)

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A Virginia lawyer who ran a na­tional Vietnam veterans charity from his home in Alexandria has agreed to give up his law license after admitting that donors’ money went largely to fundraisers and to the lawyer’s own pocket. The National ...

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