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Rule on "slow plea" on the way (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG–The Judicial Council will consider whether the so-called “slow plea” in bifurcated felony trials is valid. A “slow plea” occurs when a defendant pleads not guilty in a felony case. If the jury then returns a guilty verdict, the defendant ...

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What is a community? (access required)

Although using a claims database may provide a basis for evaluating whether a medical claim under workers’ compensation exceeds the prevailing rate in the community, it leaves unanswered a more basic question: How should “community” be defined in workers’ compensation ...

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DUI double jeopardy appealed (access required)

Observers of the DUI double-jeopardy defense have been expecting the issue to be decided in Virginia’s appellate courts. Now the process has begun. At least one case is in the appellate system. The first written opinion on the defense from ...

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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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