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Practice Tip: Voir dire (access required)

‘Hot-coffee’ case, TV ads color jurors’ views She’s everywhere. The little old lady in New Mexico who spilled hot coffee on herself one day and then sued big, bad McDonald’s for mega-bucks. Through the magic of Ann Landers and op-ed ...

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News in Brief for April 15, 1996 (access required)

High court refuses ‘seeds and stalks’ case Judges hearing marijuana cases will continue to have the leeway to examine a drug stash and determine whether the quantity is sufficient for a felony conviction, excluding the seeds and stalk. This latitude ...

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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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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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