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Will ‘You’re Fired’ cover it?

In this pink-slip nervous economy, employees may wonder anew how much notice they can expect before being escorted out the door. Not much, according to a new decision from Alexandria federal court. Hourly employee Mauricio Calquin sued his former employer, ...

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Former banker pleads to embezzling $50,000

In a federal plea deal, a former SunTrust Bank executive admitted forging signatures to issue checks to himself. Douglas Calvin Powell Jr., a former assistant vice president at SunTrust, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in U.S. District ...

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Supreme Court hears contempt cases

At least three justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia appeared skeptical today that two attorneys had demonstrated an intent to obstruct or interrupt justice when they directed their clients not to appear for trial of a misdemeanor appeal after ...

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$900,000 is verdict for fired doctor

A doctor who claimed a hospital undermined her career by prodding her practice group to fire her won a $900,000 verdict from a Roanoke jury today, according to the doctor’s attorney. Emergency room doctor Karen Alldredge sued Lewis-Gale Medical Center ...

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Hospital limits exposure in tortious interference claim

An outspoken emergency room doctor who was fired from her practice group last year has lost a chance for substantial damages from the Salem hospital she claimed subverted her career. Karen Alldredge encouraged nurses who sought better working conditions at ...

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New DNA training dates and locations are set

The folks in charge of notifying convicts of possible DNA evidence related to their cases have added some additional dates for training of lawyers volunteering to help. The updated schedule, which now includes training sessions in McLean and Blacksburg, is ...

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Is that a firearm in your pocket, or just a replica?

Reviewing years of debate over whether various guns can be considered “firearms” when used in felonies, a divided Virginia Court of Appeals panel this week determined that a “John Wayne replica” gun was close enough when it contained all the ...

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Hassell to miss argument session

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. was hospitalized recently with an infection and will not participate in the court’s argument session next week. Katya N. Herndon, the spokeswoman for the Supreme Court, confirmed the illness and added, “I’m pleased ...

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Now you know: Don’t call the justices ‘you guys’

Here’s what NOT to do during oral argument at the Supreme Court of Virginia, according to Justice LeRoy Millette.  Millette noted lawyers twice referred to the sitting court as “you guys” during one recent session. The over-familiarity was not well ...

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