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Legislation studied to address refusal issue (access required)

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A key state lawmaker is working on a bill – not yet finalized – to address a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires a warrant for most DUI blood tests. The legislative drafting continues even as Virginia courts interpret the ...

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FLSA case settles after spoliation finding (access required)

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An overtime pay case has been settled following clashes over alleged spoliation of evidence and a deposition cut short when the defendant business owner walked out. The case involved a plumber who said he regularly worked more than 40 hours ...

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Lawyer loses revocation appeal, faces criminal charges (access required)

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A lawyer who faces 10 criminal charges – including felony embezzlement from a client – has lost his bid to overturn revocation of his law license. Bar ethics charges against Jerome D. Ngando included allegations that he threatened defamation lawsuits ...

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DENIED: Trooper can’t sue state under military job protection law (access required)

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A federal law designed to protect the civilian jobs of reservists and other military service members does not give Virginia state employees the right to sue over violations, the Supreme Court of Virginia says. The state and its agencies are ...

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‘John Doe’ suit tolled statute against four defendants (access required)

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A “John Doe” complaint filed to toll the statute of limitations applies to multiple defendants in a car crash case, a Charlottesville federal judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. Virginia Code § 38.2-2206(G) permits someone hurt ...

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Family financial feud moves to circuit court (access required)

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A judge is being asked to overturn the decision of an arbitration panel that rejected claims of multiple financial misdeeds leveled against an Alexandria attorney. The daughter of a Northern Virginia businessmen claims she was walled off from the family ...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means to me (access required)

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Two Virginia judges up for re-election were questioned by legislators Dec. 2 about whether they are perceived as being respectful of those who appear before them. One judge had to explain low survey scores released one day earlier in Virginia’s ...

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Power of attorney was power to disinherit (access required)

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A broadly worded power of attorney gave a daughter all the authority she needed to disinherit in-laws from her father’s $1.24 million estate, the Su­preme Court of Virginia ruled Nov. 23. But another ruling in the estate planning case likely ...

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Don’t forget the tax man (access required)

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In virtually every transaction an American undertakes, there is a silent partner, namely the Inter­nal Revenue Service, and often a state revenue department too. That “partner” frequently can end up claiming up to half the deal. Though it is easy ...

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Making new traditions can ease holiday changes (access required)

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Where and how children spend the holidays can be a contentious issue in a divorce, but family law practitioners recommend emphasizing a focus on what’s best for the children and the creation of new traditions. “Everybody really needs to be ...

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