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Judge erred in slashing verdict 90% (access required)

A trial judge’s 90-percent reduction of a jury’s slander verdict was improper, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The jury awarded $10,000 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitives to the man, who had been called a liar and a ...

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No workers' comp for carpal tunnel (access required)

Repetitive-motion injuries such as “carpal tunnel syndrome” are not covered by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in a long-awaited case. The high court reversed comp awards in three consolidated cases argued in January. Speaking ...

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Bar to study if discipline is disparate (access required)

The Virginia State Bar will examine whether all lawyers are treated alike in the disciplinary process, regardless of individual factors such as race, gender, firm size or location. This study follows one of the recommendations from the 1995 audit of ...

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Assembly, court dodge 'day' issue (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has declined to enter the fray over what is a “day.” And the General Assembly has followed suit. Family lawyers and non-custodial parents who have denounced the Court of Appeals’ rule that a “day” is “a ...

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Race summit set for UR (access required)

Just the word “race” can stir up emotions these days. Couple it with “bias” and controversy begins to brew. The Virginia Bar Association hopes to raise awareness of the issue of racial and ethnic bias during a two-day summit that ...

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