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Lawyer disciplined in DC, but not in Virginia on same facts (access required)

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A lawyer facing a recommended 60-day suspension in Washington for alleged misconduct avoided discipline in Virginia based on the same facts. An Arlington County Circuit Court panel found the “evidence falls short, but barely so” in the Virginia State Bar’s ...

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Would-be scammer targets Loudoun law firms (access required)

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A Loudoun County lawyer is warning of a new variation on the classic counterfeit check scam often tried on law firms. This scheme involves a live-and-in-person would-be client who claims to be owed a large sum of money for architectural ...

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Suit OK, retailer ‘notice’ a question for jury (access required)

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A woman hurt when an electrical junction box cover fell from the roof of a Wal-Mart store in Staunton can press forward with her negligence suit against the retailer, a federal judge in Harrisonburg has ruled. The accident allegedly resulted ...

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Different jurisdictions, but same conspiracy (access required)

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An argument by prosecutors that a drug dealer engaged in two separate conspiracies and could be prosecuted in separate Virginia districts has failed to persuade judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 4th Circuit unanimously held June ...

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Lawyers and doctors draw court’s attention so far in ’17 (access required)

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Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents a new service in this issue, “The Trial Practice Mid-Year Review.” This section is a compilation of selected case digests from January-May 2017 that had the designations “Civil Procedure,” “Tort,” “Negligence” and “Insurance.”  The cases come ...

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Firing upheld for ‘false’ report of harassment (access required)

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An employer may fire an employee who reported a coworker’s sexual harassment claim, when the employer’s investigation determined the reporting employee fabricated the claim, a federal appeals court said on June 7. The employee said she reported the coworker’s claim ...

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Immunity denied over lab tests in med-mal action (access required)

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Doctors who hoped to use the lab-test-immunity provision of Virginia’s medical malpractice law failed to make their case, a Fairfax County circuit judge has ruled. The decision revives attention to a compromise statute hammered out in 2006 following two conflicting ...

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