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Circus performers win contract case

Life under the Big Top is not all clown cars and high-wire acts. Sometimes there are employment disputes, as in any other line of work. Two brothers who had a “comedy horse riding act” won a contract dispute after they ...

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Bar: Lawyer blamed lapses on phantom assistant

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has disbarred a former Alexandria attorney who allegedly blamed a pattern of missed payments on a nonexistent office assistant. A bar investigator said he never found any sign of the office staffer that Elizabeth ...

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Court enforces harassment settlement (access required)

A plaintiff tried to walk away from an agreement to settle her sexual harassment case, but an Alexandria federal court said the employer could enforce the settlement. U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady said the plaintiff had signed off on the ...

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VHSL reaches settlement in lawsuit filed by private school

(AP) The Virginia High School League and Lynchburg’s Liberty Christian Academy have reached a settlement in the school’s antitrust lawsuit against the league. The league, based in Charlottesville, oversees athletic and academic competition at more than 300 public schools in ...

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UPS settles complaint it shortchanged government customers

ATLANTA (AP) United Parcel Service Co. has agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle complaints that it kept false records to hide late deliveries and collect more for overnight packages to government customers. The Department of Justice said ...

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4th Circuit rules against NAACP in trademark case

(AP) A federal appeals court says an advocacy group did not violate the NAACP’s trademark by calling it the “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People.” The unanimous ruling Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Ex-prosecutor sues commonwealth’s attorney

A former Frederick County prosecutor claims she was paid less than her male counterparts and was fired when she complained about it. The attorney’s lawsuit in federal court demands back pay, front pay, compensatory and punitive damages. In the suit, ...

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Sweet Briar talks go long, more planned

A second mediation session in the effort to save Sweet Briar College lasted about 9½ hours Monday, and another meeting is set for May 29. The Monday talks included 29 people “representing all litigation parties and their counsel,” according to ...

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Richmond prosecutors review convictions involving ex-officer

(AP) Richmond prosecutors are reviewing nearly 100 convictions involving a former city police detective, including those of more than a dozen people who are still behind bars or under court supervision. The review follows the recent dismissal of three federal ...

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