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Bankruptcy – Dischargeability Of Debt – Fraud – Government Contract – Change Order For Prime Contractor (access required)

Although the debtor, whose business had a government contract to overhaul a work boat, persuaded its electrical subcontractor to perform certain additional repairs which the sub said were outside its original subcontract, and debtor later obtained additional funds from the ...

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Labor & Employment – At-Will Doctrine – Public Policy Exception – Race & Sex Discrimination – Bowman Extended (access required)

Where plaintiffs have alleged that their respective discharges based on race and gender discrimination violated Virginia public policy against such discrimination, the plaintiffs have stated wrongful discharge claims under the public policy exception of Bowman v. State Bank of Keysville, ...

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Workers' Comp – Independent Contractor – Number Of Employees (access required)

In this appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeals, the Workers’ Compensation Commission did not err in ruling 1) that the claimant was an employee of the defendant and not an independent contractor, 2) that “once an employee ...

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Criminal – Evidence – Attorney-Client Privilege – 'Common Interest' Rule – Statements To Accomplice's Attorney Privileged (access required)

Where defendant, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute, met with his accomplice’s attorney without defendant’s own attorney present, defendant’s admission to the accomplice’s attorney that the heroin in the bag belonged to him was not admissible and ...

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Criminal – Abduction – Jury Instruction – Restraint On Victim (access required)

Although defendant’s requested jury instruction, that a defendant was guilty of abduction only if the restraint defendant imposed on the victim was not an intrinsic element of the robbery of the victim’s car which occurred at the same time, was ...

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Workers' Comp – Selective Employment – Unjustified Refusal – Cure (access required)

The Workers’ Compensation Commission did not err in deciding that claimant had cured his earlier unjustified refusal of a telephone sales position offered by the employer by accepting that position following the hearing. The deputy commissioner found the colloquy in ...

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