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Title VII: Same-sex harassment is covered (access required)

In the Ecklund case above, the judge also ruled that Title VII covers same-sex harassment. The Alexandria federal judge held that a woman who alleges she was sexually harassed by another woman can sue her employer under Title VII. In ...

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No affidavits for summary judgment (access required)

A last-minute plea by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association may have helped sink a proposal to allow affidavits to support summary judgment. The Virginia Supreme Court rejected the proposal without explanation. The VTLA submitted written comments to the court after ...

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Fredericksburg bar OKs local spousal-support rules (access required)

Attorneys in Fredericksburg have enthusiastically endorsed the use of local spousal-support guidelines. The Family Law Committee of the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association voted 13-2 to recommend that area judges adopt the pendente lite formula used in Harrisonburg. Those guidelines were ...

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Giving a jury forecast (access required)

The average jury is about as predictable as the weather. A lawyer who fears jurors are going to rain all over his case is sometimes surprised by a burst of sunshine when the verdict is announced. Or, a lawyer who ...

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Necessary parties must be named to impeach will (access required)

A daughter’s suit to challenge her father’s will was dismissed because she failed to name the executor and other beneficiaries as defendants within the one-year statute of limitations, a Loudoun Circuit judge has ruled. Failure to name these necessary parties ...

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How do forensic chemists detect 'record tampering'? (access required)

Lawyers should be interested in the forensic examination of disputed records for three reasons: 1. Case value. 2. Perjury avoidance. 3. Due diligence in court. Many attorneys are aware that forensic document examiners can determine the authenticity of a signature ...

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News in Brief for 11/20/95 (access required)

Rehearing sought in DUI Double Jeopardy case Defense attorneys have asked the Court of Appeals to rehear their arguments supporting the DUI Double Jeopardy defense. The attorneys asked the court to reconsider its decision in Tench v. Commonwealth (VLW 095-7-739). ...

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Beach firm breaks up (access required)

Norfolk, Richmond firms pick up pieces The end of a landmark Virginia Beach law practice has meant new beginnings for two of the state’s biggest firms, which are expanding in the Hampton Roads region. Norfolk’s Willcox & Savage will establish ...

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Expert cannot trump plaintiff's testimony (access required)

Massie rule alive and well An expert who assumed an injured railroad worker would never work again could not testify about lost wages after the man himself testified he was starting a new job, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. ...

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ECOA doesn't help wife who signed release (access required)

A wife who guaranteed a loan to her husband’s business, then signed a broad release when the loan was refinanced, could not use the Equal Credit Opportunity Act as a defense to the lender’s collection action in Richmond. The case ...

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