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Company can't assign its rep's noncompete (access required)

A company cannot assign an employee’s covenant not to compete to a purchaser of its business, a federal judge in Norfolk has ruled. The buyer fired one of the company’s employees after the purchase, then attempted to enforce a noncompete ...

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An Achilles' heel for all noncompetes? (access required)

The Reynolds & Reynolds case above likely will send lawyers of employees and employers scrambling in opposite directions. Employees’ lawyers may find in the holding ammunition to help fight any noncompete covenant for lack of mutuality. Very often, an employee ...

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Hurt tenant sues complex after threats (access required)

Duty to protect arose An injured tenant can sue an apartment complex after a manager heard specific threats and failed to protect her from an assault by another tenant, a Virginia Beach Circuit judge has ruled. Landlords in Virginia generally ...

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Woman hit in racing pit sets Augusta p.i. record (access required)

BY Patricia Flatley, Assistant Editor In what is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict ever in Augusta County, a jury has awarded $250,000 to a woman hit by a trailer in the pit area of a racetrack. The ...

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Trailer owner can't strip lien, pay market value (access required)

A mobile-home owner cannot “strip down” the amount he owes on the trailer in a Chapter 13 plan and leave the lender’s loan secured to the amount of fair market value, a federal judge in Lynchburg has ruled. Too many ...

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Fairfax now biggest and fastest circuit (access required)

The joint is jumpin’ in Fairfax. Not only is Fairfax Circuit Court the state’s busiest trial court, it is also the fastest, according to statistics compiled in the just-released 1995 State of the Judiciary Report. Fairfax’s case-tracking system, which includes ...

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Computer, not guns, important to family life (access required)

Back in the pioneer days, nobody would have thought nothin’ about a man havin’ to have his pistol and his rifle to protect his family. You never knew when critters would show up. Fast forward 200 years or so. A ...

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VBA: $1K to burned churches (access required)

HOT SPRINGS – The Virginia Bar Association presented a $1,000 donation to the special fund established by Attorney General James S. Gilmore III to help rebuild and restore houses of worship that have been burned or vandalized throughout the state. ...

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News in Brief for July 22, 1996 (access required)

Group offers $25K to tobacco whistleblowers WASHINGTON – An anti-smoking group is trying a radical tactic to increase pressure on embattled tobacco executives: It’s offering $25,000 to anyone who provides information leading to convictions for “cigarette-related felonies.” The Justice Department ...

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Bowman pregnancy suit ends with defense win (access required)

The first trial of a pregnancy-discharge claim under the Bowman public policy exception has ended in a defense verdict in Newport News Circuit Court. In Smith v. Cinebar Prods. Co., a bookkeeper for a small film production company alleged she ...

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