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News in Brief for Aug. 28, 1995 (access required)

Flatley joins VLW as assistant editor Patricia J. Flatley has joined the staff of Virginia Lawyers Weekly as assistant editor. Flatley, a 1995 cum laude graduate of the University of Richmond, recently completed a stint as a copy editor at ...

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Review Granted (access required)

Review Granted provides a brief synopsis of recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. This feature appears in the last issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly each month. The information provided comes from the successful ...

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Judge can talk to child alone on custody wish (access required)

A child can be interviewed alone in chambers by a commissioner deciding a custody dispute, despite one parent’s objection, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. In its initial foray into the area of child ...

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Child's wish outweighed (access required)

The decision in Haase v. Haase (VLW 095-7-597) leaves wide discretion with judges and commissioners in the handling of testimony from children in custody disputes. With the inclusion of a child’s custodial preference as a factor to be considered in ...

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Bankruptcy Law: Lawyer can't charge for preparing bill (access required)

During a bankruptcy case, a professional such as a lawyer or an accountant cannot charge for time spent preparing a detailed fee application, a federal bankruptcy judge in Richmond has ruled. Judges in the Western District reimburse professionals for time ...

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Waitress's sex remarks to co-workers barred (access required)

A restaurant sued under Title VII by a former waitress cannot call her co-workers to testify about her alleged comments concerning her sexual relations with her husband, a federal judge has ruled in a case of first impression. This opinion ...

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Cop's "mere approach" was OK, now too "aggressive" (access required)

By Deborah Elkins, Executive Editor A police officer who wore a badge and carried a gun, and who confronted a suspect on a porch as he attempted to enter a locked door, illegally “seized” the defendant, the en banc Virginia ...

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Going slowly and weaving justify stop (access required)

A police officer can stop a driver who was weaving and going slowly, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. Because the investigatory stop was permissible, the court upheld the defendant’s conviction for driving ...

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Creditor status won't bar shareholder from Ch. 7 vote (access required)

A shareholder lost his right to object to a corporation’s bankruptcy by waiting a year, a federal judge in Norfolk has ruled. The case makes clear the right of a shareholder to vote on a corporation’s bankruptcy, even if he ...

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Jones tapped for judgeship (access required)

Bristol attorney James P. Jones has been recommended for an upcoming vacancy on the federal bench in Virginia’s Western District. Sen. Charles S. Robb, D-Va., sent Jones’ name to President Clinton last week to succeed U.S. District Judge James H. ...

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