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Lawsuit claims ex-EDA director misappropriated $17.6M (access required)


The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority has filed a lawsuit alleging its former executive director misappropriated more than $17.6 million in public funds. The allegations were leveled against Jennifer R. McDonald; the suit also named several of her business associates, including ...

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What small firms need to know about e-discovery (access required)


Lawyers today must take great care to protect clients’ data and personal information. And when that data becomes part of a dispute, they also must be concerned about how to handle the process of procuring and disclosing electronic information relevant ...

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Psychological injuries compensable, even if statute has run (access required)


Employees who suffer psychological injuries on the job can receive workers’ compensation benefits in certain situations, even when the statute of limitations has run, according to a recent Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission ruling. However, workers may only receive the benefit ...

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Federal judiciary defines what is ‘misconduct’ (access required)


The policy-making body of the federal judiciary has approved amendments to the judicial codes of conduct to state plainly what qualifies as “misconduct” and to make it easier for victims of sexual harassment or assault to come forward and report ...

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VSB’s Clients’ Protection Fund paid $51K in January (access required)


The Virginia State Bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund board has approved payouts worth $51,123 to clients who suffered financial losses as a result of six Virginia attorneys’ dishonest conduct. At a January meeting, the board approved funds for new claims worth ...

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VBA asks lawyers ‘RUWell’? (access required)


Justin W. Earley was “the picture of stability and success” early in his legal career, having graduated at the top of his law class at Georgetown, passed the bar in his home state and landed a job at one of ...

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