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Attorneys – Sanctions Under Va. Statute – Res Judicata (access required)

The Circuit Court upholds the General District Court’s imposition of sanctions under Va. Code § 8.01-271.1 on an attorney who filed a suit against a tree company for an alleged trespass outside a Virginia Department of Transportation easement. Plaintiff is ...

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Negligence – Auto Accident – Additur – Medical Expenses Only (access required)

A plaintiff who struck her chest on a steering wheel when she was rear-ended by defendant, and who suffered bruises and pain for a six-month period, is entitled to an additur to the jury award to compensate her for her ...

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Workers' Comp – Release To Light Duty – Slip & Fall (access required)

The claims examiner did not err in rejecting employer’s application for a change in condition based on a physician’s release of claimant to light-duty employment because the employer failed to pay compensation through the date it filed the application. The ...

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Employment Discrimination – Sexual Harassment – Hostile Environment – Injunctive Relief – Attorney's Fees (access required)

A prison security officer’s memorandum accusing plaintiff rehabilitation counselor and other female staff, in graphic terms, of dressing in an inappropriate and provocative manner can serve as the basis for the counselor’s successful “hostile environment” suit under Title VII. The ...

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Labor – Vacatur Of Arbitrator's Decision – Biased Arbitrator (access required)

In this labor dispute over the coal company’s decision to contract out the manufacture of a coal belt transfer, the district court erred in vacating an arbitrator’s decision in favor of the union on the ground that the arbitrator was ...

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Criminal – Restitution – Probation Officer Supervision (access required)

Defendant’s sentence on a bank fraud conviction is vacated and remanded because the district court improperly delegated to defendant’s probation officer the determination of the total and the installment amounts of restitution to be paid by defendant. Title 18, sections ...

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Civil Rights – Search & Seizure – Informant's Apartment – Consent To Search (access required)

Although plaintiffs, a police officer and his roommate who was a police informant, allege that a search of their apartment was illegal, the district court concludes that the officer consented to the search because sworn testimony indicates that the plaintiff ...

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