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Law firm win upheld in disability bias suit

A law firm did not illegally discriminate against a firm support staffer who had permanent restrictions on lifting after breast cancer treatment, a federal appeals court said today. The 500-lawyer firm persuaded a trial judge that lifting heavier loads was ...

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State code changes considered in wake of gay marriage ruling

State leaders are considering possible changes to the Virginia Code in light of the national legalization of gay marriage. House Speaker William J. Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. have sent a letter to the state Code ...

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Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples ...

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Judge refuses to step aside; sets U.Va. slaying trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A judge on Thursday set a July 2016 trial for the man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student. Albemarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins allotted four weeks for Jesse Matthew Jr.’s trial, starting July ...

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Doctor can try damages claim against consultant

A doctor who hired a business consultant to help him set up a medical practice, only to have the consultant buy an existing practice targeted by the doctor, has gained a partial win in his years-long legal battle with the ...

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Judge: Prosecutors can show jurors Severance’s writings

FAIRFAX (AP) Strange, hate-filled writings advocating murder and class warfare by the man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over roughly a 10-year span can be shown to jurors at his upcoming murder trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Defense lawyers ...

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Jury awards patient $500k after anesthesiologist mocked him

RESTON (AP) From the moment he went under, the wisecracks began. A Virginia man was awarded $500,000 in court after being mocked about his masculinity and insulted by an anesthesiologist during a colonoscopy in 2013. The Washington Post reports the ...

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Lawyer faced sanctions motion in settled case

Settling a personal injury case did not excuse a defense lawyer’s conduct of a deposition, but the judge let the lawyer off with a scolding, instead of discovery sanctions. Although the lawyer violated federal discovery rules, the plaintiff was not ...

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Judge approves Sweet Briar survival plan

A judge Monday approved a deal to keep Sweet Briar College open and end tangled litigation over the future of the rural women’s college. The agreement will both provide money for the next year of operation and create a wholesale ...

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