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‘The Pence Policy’ (access required)

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A politician’s policy of avoid­ing one-on-one meals with female associates sparked an outcry among many em­ployment lawyers and cul­tural commentators, but the practice espoused by Vice President Mike Pence may be more widespread than many professionals expect­ed. Virginia labor and ...

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Fired employee could sue for blood safety claim (access required)

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An American Red Cross employee can  sue  for  retaliatory termination after she reported a supervisor’s alleged contamination of personnel and blood products while drawing blood from two donors, a Norfolk federal court has ruled. When the employee was fired several ...

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Two docs blame each other, jury awards $7M (access required)

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After hearing two doctors blame each other for a patient’s death, a Fairfax County jury delivered a $7 million verdict for the patient’s family July 19. The jury tacked on interest from the 2013 date of surgery, making the verdict ...

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Judge facing ethics charge now accused of contempt (access required)

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A Virginia judge fighting ethics charges for advocating on behalf of his wife is now accused of contempt of court for actions he took to advocate on his own behalf. Just ten days after the state’s Judicial Inquiry and Review ...

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Under the microscope (access required)

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A Richmond fed­eral judge has unsealed specif­ics of legal mal­practice claims leveled against Richmond-based law firm of LeClairRyan PC in connection with the federal prosecution and bankruptcy of Health Di­agnostic Laboratory Inc. Approving LeClairRyan’s $20.375 million settlement of those claims, ...

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Court: Judges can advocate on courthouse issues (access required)

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Two judges who vigorously advocated against a courthouse relocation referendum did not commit judicial misconduct, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The unanimous court dismissed judicial ethics charges against Senior Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph Bumgardner III and retired ...

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Judicial ethics panel seeks sanctions for Bristol judge (access required)

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The state commission that enforces judicial ethics has recommended the Supreme Court of Virginia remove or censure Bristol Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke. The ethics complaint filed in the Supreme Court July 10 stems from Pomrenke’s attempts ...

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The secret of rainmaking is there is no secret (access required)

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Lawyers often want to know the se­cret to business-development suc­cess and how rainmakers make their large book of business hap­pen. The truth is there is no secret. Sure, there is an art and science to business develop­ment, but it is ...

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