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News in Brief for Aug. 19, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Actions Louisa lawyer George W. Warren IV voluntarily petitioned the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board to surrender his law license July 29. The Board accepted the surrender and entered an order revoking his privilege to practice law. Disciplinary ...

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Ruling offers new way to make Bowman claim (access required)

A black cable-tv technician can sue for wrongful discharge based on anti-discrimination provisions of the Virginia Fair Employment Contracting Act, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The Act provides a novel basis for a Bowman claim for wrongful discharge, employment ...

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Mechanic's lien voided by old work (access required)

A mechanic’s lien that included work performed before the 150-day statutory window is invalid in its entirety, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. Under the mechanic’s lien statute, a memorandum of lien should not include any sums due for labor ...

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ERISA suit on benefits time-barred (access required)

A bank teller fired shortly before her retirement benefits fully vested is time-barred from bringing an ERISA suit for interference with benefits, a federal judge in Norfolk has ruled. In a case of apparent first impression, the judge said that ...

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Wife's proof of gift must be clear (access required)

A wife claiming that a gift was made must prove the gift by clear and convincing evidence, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The court said that a trial judge making an equitable distribution improperly had placed the burden ...

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LWUSA wins press award (access required)

Lawyers Weekly USA has won an award for “Best News Story of 1995” from the National Association of Business Press Editors. The top honors went to an article that broke the story that Congress was planning to tax punitive damages ...

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