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Lockhart bill is signed (access required)

The Lockhart case is alive, but not necessarily well, after Gov. George F. Allen signed a bill that allows wrongful discharge suits based on discrimination, but only against a limited range of employers. The signing ends a tug-of-war between Allen ...

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Wide scope of sales area voids pact (access required)

A lawyer must anticipate where lightning will strike; and in employment law, noncompetes have been lightning rods for several years. Yet in a recent case in Newport News Circuit Court, another noncompete was hit and rendered worthless. The noncompete agreement ...

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Terms of engagement: Lay the groundwork with clients (access required)

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Remember the client. The mantra of client communication is simple, but it is one that attorneys, especially small-firm and solo practitioners, need to follow and often do not, according to a panel of attorneys at a seminar May 4. ...

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DUI charge kicked when license not suspended (access required)

A DUI defendant whose license was not suspended under Virginia’s seven-day license suspension statute nonetheless had DUI charges dismissed in a Loudoun County case. The case offers a reverse variation on the argument that a suspension followed by a DUI ...

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Southwest Va. seeks law school, economic boost (access required)

Almost every lawyer in Southwest Virginia was trained somewhere else. The region has no law school. “Over the last century, western Virginia and the Appalachian Region have been one of the largest exporters of law students in the country,” said ...

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Buchanan courthouse reflects mountain life (access required)

GRUNDY–In the heart of Virginia’s coalfields stands a gray stone courthouse that, for 90 years, has witnessed the legal events, large and small, that have affected the residents of Buchanan County. Only one four-lane highway leads to the county seat ...

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"Caretaker" duty allows officer to stop pedestrian (access required)

A police officer acting as a “community caretaker” could stop a pedestrian who was staggering late at night, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. The officer’s subsequent search, which revealed a gun and cocaine, ...

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VSB dues decrease floated (access required)

IRVINGTON–The Virginia State Bar is amassing a large surplus in its budget reserve, and it will look at using this money to decrease bar dues. But don’t expect a break on your dues statement this summer–a decrease won’t happen in ...

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Tip: Hidden Assets (access required)

“How do I deceive thee?” Spouses count the ways A divorce client often may notice that a spouse, who used to boast about magnificent pay raises, suddenly claims to be in the poorhouse. Attribute this transformation to “a domestic disease ...

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Child-endangerment law struck down at Beach (access required)

Prosecutors had targeted DUI defendants A drunken-driving defendant who drove with a child in the car cannot be prosecuted for felony child endangerment, a Virginia Beach Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The child-endangerment statute ...

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