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Supreme Court overturns $20M auto crash award (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has overturned a $20 million jury verdict for a woman who suffered spinal injuries when her 1995 Mazda Miata convertible overturned. Shannon Walters was driving along a two-lane highway in Bedford County in 2006 when ...

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Wrong label voids use of noncompete (access required)

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Labeling an employee as an independent contractor – thereby avoiding taxes and other employer obligations – will void a noncompete agreement in the worker’s contract, a Fairfax circuit judge has ruled. Fairfax Circuit Judge John M. Tran said an educator’s ...

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Special court dockets face House opposition (access required)

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Virginia court officials plan to revise their proposed rules for special court dockets after a key legislator warned of a hostile political climate. A free exchange of views at a recent government meeting exposed a rift – but a possible ...

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Roundtable: Cybersecurity

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Virginia Lawyers Weekly held a roundtable on Aug. 30 on cybersecurity, sponsored by the Fairfax law firm of Berenzweig Leonard. The participants included a lawyer, a risk assessment manager, an insurance specialist, a cybersecurity strategist and a public relations professional. ...

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Judge nixes stop for missing front tag (access required)

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A vehicle that had no front license plate and a Virginia “transport tag” as a rear plate could not be pulled over by a police officer based on the absence of a front plate, a Norfolk Circuit Court has ruled. ...

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Lawyer sanctioned for keeping client in the dark (access required)

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An Alexandria lawyer has been ordered to pay nearly $85,000 for pursuing consumer debt litigation without keeping his client advised of settlement offers. The penalty followed the client’s firing of his lawyer during sworn testimony in a deposition. Evidence cited ...

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Dealing with negative first impressions (access required)

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No matter how long they are, trials can seem too short to accomplish every goal. Those who want to de­fend their character and their com­pany and tell their story so jurors understand the whole picture, never seem to have enough ...

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