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What to tell your clients about giving references (access required)

Every business is likely to get a call asking for references on a past employee. What should your client say when those calls come? Here’s what experts advise: * Designate only one person in the office to field inquiries. * ...

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Wife gets early payout on husband's retirement (access required)

A wife who won a portion of her lawyer-husband’s retirement benefits need not wait until he begins to receive them to cash out her share, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The wife can file a QDRO with her husband’s ...

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DUI double jeopardy turned down (access required)

The double-jeopardy argument in drunken-driving cases is taking its last gasp in Virginia’s state courts. The Virginia Supreme Court has dismissed the petition for appeal in the seminal case decided by the Court of Appeals. The case, well-known to criminal ...

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Candidates suggest lawyer makeover (access required)

ROANOKE–Image is everything, and the image of Virginia’s lawyers could use some polishing. So say both candidates for president-elect of the Virginia State Bar, who lamented the public’s loss of respect for the legal profession at a Roanoke Bar Association ...

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Practice Tip: Voir dire (access required)

‘Hot-coffee’ case, TV ads color jurors’ views She’s everywhere. The little old lady in New Mexico who spilled hot coffee on herself one day and then sued big, bad McDonald’s for mega-bucks. Through the magic of Ann Landers and op-ed ...

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Roanoke judge follows age discrimination order (access required)

A black bank employee can sue his employer for wrongful discharge based on both age and race discrimination, a Roanoke Circuit judge has ruled. In ruling on age discrimination, the judge relied on an unpublished order issued by the Virginia ...

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News in Brief for April 15, 1996 (access required)

High court refuses ‘seeds and stalks’ case Judges hearing marijuana cases will continue to have the leeway to examine a drug stash and determine whether the quantity is sufficient for a felony conviction, excluding the seeds and stalk. This latitude ...

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Bankruptcy Law: Money from noncompete not exempt (access required)

Payments due a debtor under a noncompete agreement should be included in his bankruptcy estate, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. The debtor sought to have the money classified as “earnings ...

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Trucker gets no comp after unexplained fall (access required)

A trucker who reached for the grab bar as he exited his cab, then lost consciousness and suffered a fall, cannot get workers’ compensation, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The court reversed the commission’s award of benefits because ...

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Road worker gets more leeway than pedestrian (access required)

A Northern Virginia highway worker clipped by the mirror of a passing truck has won a $17,500 jury verdict for his injuries. The significant issue in the case: whether a road worker has the same high standard of care imposed ...

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