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Attorneys – Legal Malpractice – Failure To Request Accounting – Divorce Case – Husband As Fiduciary (access required)

Where defendant lawyer, who represented plaintiff wife in divorce proceedings, failed to request an accounting by the husband of the money from wife’s trust funds, the lawyer committed malpractice and the client-wife is entitled to a bench verdict of $598,369, ...

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Partnership – Debt – Incoming Partners' Liability (access required)

General partners who came into a medical partnership one year after the two original general partners took out a construction loan are liable for the construction loan debt only to the extent of their partnership assets. Even though the bank ...

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Employment Discrimination – Race & Age – Corrections Officer (access required)

A 48-year-old black male with prior experiences as a jailor has avoided summary judgment in his Title VII suit against a county sheriff who allegedly declined to offer the jailor a temporary position with the sheriff’s department after subjecting him ...

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Employment – At-Will Doctrine – Public Policy Exception – Drug Rehabilitation (access required)

Virginia’s public policy exception to the at-will employment doctrine does not cover an employee’s absence from work due to his entry into a drug-rehabilitation program for a crack cocaine addiction. Virginia’s public policy exception, derived from Bowman v. State Bank ...

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Civil Rights – Prison Inmate – Deathbed & Funeral Visits (access required)

A prison inmate has no constitutional claim against the state for its denial of his request for a deathbed visit with his brother, or the opportunity to attend his brother’s funeral. The inmate admits that he and his family could ...

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Bankruptcy – Bad-faith Filing – Reorganization Of Military School (access required)

Where the trust that originally owned a former military academy conveyed its property, on the eve of the bank’s foreclosure, to a corporation established by family members of the trustee, and neither the trust nor the debtor corporation has been ...

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Contract – Parol Evidence – Ambiguity – Identity Of Third-Party Beneficiary (access required)

An apartment construction subcontract between the general contractor and a subcontractor hired to build a fire protection system is unclear and ambiguous because one clause of the contract identifies the owner on the project as a development corporation that was ...

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Domestic Relations – Child Support – Imputed Income For Father (access required)

The trial court erred in declining to impute income to the father who had left his job to become self-employed, and that ruling is reversed and the case remanded for determination of a child support award; in all other respects, ...

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