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DENIED: Trooper can’t sue state under military job protection law (access required)

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A federal law designed to protect the civilian jobs of reservists and other military service members does not give Virginia state employees the right to sue over violations, the Supreme Court of Virginia says. The state and its agencies are ...

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‘John Doe’ suit tolled statute against four defendants (access required)

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A “John Doe” complaint filed to toll the statute of limitations applies to multiple defendants in a car crash case, a Charlottesville federal judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. Virginia Code § 38.2-2206(G) permits someone hurt ...

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Family financial feud moves to circuit court (access required)

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A judge is being asked to overturn the decision of an arbitration panel that rejected claims of multiple financial misdeeds leveled against an Alexandria attorney. The daughter of a Northern Virginia businessmen claims she was walled off from the family ...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means to me (access required)

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Two Virginia judges up for re-election were questioned by legislators Dec. 2 about whether they are perceived as being respectful of those who appear before them. One judge had to explain low survey scores released one day earlier in Virginia’s ...

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Power of attorney was power to disinherit (access required)

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A broadly worded power of attorney gave a daughter all the authority she needed to disinherit in-laws from her father’s $1.24 million estate, the Su­preme Court of Virginia ruled Nov. 23. But another ruling in the estate planning case likely ...

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Don’t forget the tax man (access required)

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In virtually every transaction an American undertakes, there is a silent partner, namely the Inter­nal Revenue Service, and often a state revenue department too. That “partner” frequently can end up claiming up to half the deal. Though it is easy ...

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Making new traditions can ease holiday changes (access required)

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Where and how children spend the holidays can be a contentious issue in a divorce, but family law practitioners recommend emphasizing a focus on what’s best for the children and the creation of new traditions. “Everybody really needs to be ...

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$2.5M lawn mower death verdict upheld (access required)

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After court battles over delayed discovery information and the “apparent manufacturer” doctrine, a jury’s $2.5 million verdict for a widow has been affirmed by a federal appeals court. The widow’s 88-year-old husband died after being engulfed in flames while using ...

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Arbitration rejected for nursing home case (access required)

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A Portsmouth judge has ruled that Virginia law prevails over the Federal Arbitration Act in a nursing home wrongful death case. The decision last month breaks with other Virginia circuit judges and comes amid litigation challenging a new federal agency ...

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Suspension of CPA’s license is reversed (access required)

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An accountant whose license was suspended has won reversal of that sanction because the Virginia Board of Accountancy did not clearly pro­vide advance notice that he could lose his personal license when he appeared before the board on a complaint ...

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