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Candidates suggest lawyer makeover (access required)

ROANOKE–Image is everything, and the image of Virginia’s lawyers could use some polishing. So say both candidates for president-elect of the Virginia State Bar, who lamented the public’s loss of respect for the legal profession at a Roanoke Bar Association ...

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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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Bad job reference was defamatory (access required)

A man can sue his former boss for defamation based on a negative job reference, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. Since employers are called frequently for references on past employees, the decision ...

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DUI double jeopardy turned down (access required)

The double-jeopardy argument in drunken-driving cases is taking its last gasp in Virginia’s state courts. The Virginia Supreme Court has dismissed the petition for appeal in the seminal case decided by the Court of Appeals. The case, well-known to criminal ...

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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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