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News in Brief for April 22, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Actions Woodbridge attorney J. Burkhardt Beale has received a public reprimand with terms from the Third District–Section I subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar. The order entered by the committee stated that Beale had entered into an agreement ...

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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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