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Lockhart amendments held not retroactive (access required)

Two cases in Roanoke, one federal and one state, have reached opposite conclusions on whether a 1995 statute designed to curtail wrongful discharge claims is retroactive. In the state case, the judge found that the new law was not retroactive, ...

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Lost contract yields $660K (access required)

A computer-repair company that prevailed in an important conspiracy case before the Virginia Supreme Court last January now has won a favorable jury verdict in Chesterfield Circuit Court. The verdict was not based on statutory conspiracy, however, even though the ...

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DUI Double Jeopardy defense hits the ditch (access required)

The Court of Appeals rejected the DUI Double Jeopardy defense in an opinion issued last week. An 8-1 majority ruled that a license suspension after a driver is arrested for DUI does not constitute punishment that will trigger double jeopardy ...

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What's left after Tench (access required)

The double jeopardy defense is only one of several spawned by this year’s revisions to DUI law. Other defenses may continued to be argued, defense attorneys said. The most widely mentioned alternative argument is based on collateral estoppel. Under this ...

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VSB won't foot bill for legal aid (access required)

But bar will help lobby HOT SPRINGS–The Virginia State Bar will back efforts to increase state funding for legal aid programs, but it will not directly fund the programs itself. The VSB Council voted Oct. 20 to line up with ...

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Salary survey: Firms stay the course on hiring, pay (access required)

Whoever said “the more things change, the more they stay the same” must have been looking at Virginia’s legal job market. Though the year on the calendar is different, 1995 graduates have had about the same experience on the job ...

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Creditor gets truck's retail value in Ch. 13 plan (access required)

Debtors who keep a pickup truck under a chapter 13 repayment plan should repay the vehicle’s current retail value from the NADA Used Car Guide, a federal judge in Big Stone Gap has ruled. The decision represents a shift in ...

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Editor's Notebook: Named partners (access required)

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners just released the list of the 870 candidates who passed the July bar examination; these happy and relieved people will become real lawyers today at an admission ceremony to be held in Richmond. The ...

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Mom can't discharge fee for GAL, psychologist (access required)

A mother ordered to pay fees for a guardian ad litem and a psychologist used in a custody dispute cannot discharge those debts in bankruptcy, a Roanoke bankruptcy judge has ruled. Although the debt for the guardian ad litem was ...

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News in Brief for 10/30/95 (access required)

Fired store detective wins judgment A federal jury awarded $130,000 to a Wal-Mart detective who sued the store after being fired amid accusations that she stole thousands of dollars. Valerie L. Vaughan had said she was fired because she is ...

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