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Assault victim’s lawsuit barred by cruise contract deadline (access required)


A woman who said she was assaulted on a cruise-sponsored field trip in India waited too long to sue the cruise company, a Charlottesville federal judge has ruled. Under maritime law, the company that ran the “Semester at Sea” cruise-and-study ...

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A second opinion can be helpful … or not (access required)


As you approach mediation, one of the things that you might do to figure out what your case is worth is get a second opinion. That’s a good idea. Two heads are better than one. Given the wide variety of ...

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Legislators find common ground on court collections reform (access required)


Rocked by statistics that showed hundreds of thousands of Virginians are unable to drive because they failed to pay court debts, lawmakers largely ignored party lines last week to craft reforms in the use of driver’s license suspensions as a ...

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Worker not ‘disabled,’ but has ADA claim (access required)


A former service advisor who said he was fired by a car dealership can sue the employer for disability discrimination, even though he did not show he was disabled due to his bleeding ulcer and anemia. A Roanoke federal court ...

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Sheriff sanctioned for missing video (access required)


Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody has been penalized in the courtroom and in the pocketbook for failing to preserve a jailhouse surveillance videotape that would have showed the last hours of an inmate who died after falling sick at the jail. ...

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Door may be closing on fee issue (access required)


When filing a petition to collect costs from your opponent in a Virginia federal court, it may be futile to ask for the money the client fronted for a private process server. Courts in the Western District’s several divisions may ...

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No job bias claim against foreign agency (access required)


A U.S. citizen hired by a foreign government’s cultural agency did not have protection from alleged sexual harassment, despite references to U.S. employment laws in his job offer and the agency’s personnel guidelines, an Alexandria federal court has ruled. Foreign ...

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JMU officials found liable for handling ‘misconduct’ (access required)


A federal judge last month found two James Madison University officials liable for violations of the due process rights of a student suspended for five-and-a-half years after being accused of sexual misconduct. The judge concluded on summary judgment that the ...

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Hospitals gear up for fight over regulation (access required)


The 2017 General Assembly is expected to be a battleground for medical providers divided over the state’s tight regulation of medical start-ups. Some physicians say they should have the right to open a surgery center or other facility without having ...

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Lawyer fights death sentence for dog (access required)


A dog-loving attorney is making one last-ditch effort to help save the life of a dog facing a death sentence from an Albemarle County judge. Elliott Harding is representing Audrey Wells, co-owner of a Staffordshire Pit Bull named Niko. Niko ...

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