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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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Practice Tip: Don't be dogged by cases that belong in the pound (access required)

What are you going to do about those growling, snarling barking things in your drawer — your dog cases? Grab them by the throat and get rid of them because they’re killing you, advised Jeffrey A. Breit of Norfolk, who ...

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Trial lawyers agree to disagree on TV ads (access required)

A television camera pans the courtroom, then settles on the judge, who looks right at the lawyer before him, then deeply intones, “Mumbo jumbo.” The lawyer responds, “Mumbo jumbo. Mumbo jumbo. Mumbo jumbo.” The judge, again: “Mumbo jumbo? Mumbo jumbo. ...

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Scenes from the Virginia Trial Lawyers Ass’n (access required)

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association meeting was busting at the seams in Williamsburg. Practically every presentation was standing room only. Executive Director Jack Harris said that about 450 members attended. … The meeting has become so big and successful that ...

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Causation is key to delayed-diagnosis cancer cases (access required)

A man in the late stages of cancer wants help from his lawyer. If his family practitioner had investigated his enlarged prostate, he claims, his chances of surviving the disease would have been much greater. A doctor needs defense advice. ...

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News in Brief for April 8, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Actions Springfield lawyer Robert A. Armstrong II has received a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar’s Fifth District Committee–Section III. The committee’s order stated that Armstrong had pleaded guilty to petit larceny charges stemming from the taking ...

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No Bowman claim for sex harassment (access required)

An employee who worked in an atmosphere “pervaded with sexual slur” has no claim for sexual harassment under the Bowman public-policy exception, a federal judge in Harrisonburg has ruled. The judge concluded that “discrimination” as recognized by the Virginia Supreme ...

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Bowman age claim allowed by high court (access required)

A 59-year-old manager who was fired and told his job was being eliminated, then was replaced by a 28-year-old, has a claim for age discrimination under the Bowman public-policy exception, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The decision is the ...

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VSB dues to drop $6 more (access required)

The decrease in Virginia State Bar dues will be “ratcheted down” another six dollars, the VSB Executive Committee has announced. The $16 drop will take effect in time for this summer’s dues statements, assuming approval by the Virginia Supreme Court, ...

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