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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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Immigrants, duped in house sale, win fraud suit (access required)

A Fairfax jury has awarded $225,000 to a Cambodian couple who received only $3,000 for the sale of their $285,000 house in Vienna. The lawsuit accused a title company, its owner, two purchasers and a mortgage company of defrauding the ...

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Temp lawyering offers flexibility, lacks security (access required)

An attorney moves from the fast-paced suburbs of a large city to an area of the state where jobs aren’t as plentiful. A “temporary” solution to her employment problem could lead to permanent satisfaction. Deborah Jordan practiced in Northern Virginia ...

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News in Brief for 11/13/95 (access required)

Yet more venue litigation Parts is parts, but coming to Richmond to pick up parts can get you hauled into the city’s courts. In the latest installment of the long-playing battle over venue in Richmond, a concrete manufacturer with plants ...

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