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4th Circuit revives two discrimination suits

It’s “Happy Holidays” for a couple of employment discrimination plaintiffs whose cases were revived by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in recent days. A former Unisys Corporation employee said the trial court was too quick to pull the ...

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Oh, the irony…

We learn today that the expensive-looking “Patek Philippe” watch surrendered last week by White House party crasher Tareq Salahi to cover a judgment for lawn care fees was just a fake. The Northern Virginia Daily reports the appraisal came back ...

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VT suicide lawsuit seeks $43 million

Today’s VLW Daily Alert noted a lawsuit faulting Virginia Tech officials for their response to threats of suicide from a student who ended up taking his own life two years ago. From The Roanoke Times , we now learn the ...

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‘BlackBerry’ malpractice coverage claim back in Virginia

A legal malpractice matter arising out of the multi-million dollar BlackBerry settlement is back in Virginia federal court. An Alexandria district court dismissed the dispute that arose when Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company denied coverage to the Arlington patent law ...

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At U.Va., trial advocacy triumphs where football falls short

A trial advocacy team from the University of Virginia has accomplished what the school’s football team could not .  It defeated William & Mary. U.Va. here duly notes the fine achievement of its four-member mock trial team in taking the ...

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Tennessee judge cancels trial, claims courthouse is toxic

"It appears to be a toxic courthouse," Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown said of the new Washington County (Tenn.) Justice Center, reports the Johnson City Press .   Workers at the gleaming facility in Johnson City have complained of coughing fits, ...

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Clinic disavows interest in condemned land

A Roanoke-based healthcare business says, contrary to assumptions, it really doesn’t want a piece of land the city condemned as part of an effort to boost a bio-medical complex.  The lack of interest comes as news to the owners’ lawyer, ...

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Guidelines online, not in your mailbox

If you’re wondering why you haven’t received your copy of the Virginia State Bar’s annual update of Professional Guidelines, the answer is that you’ll have to ask for it and the VSB will save money if you don’t. The agency ...

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