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Human trafficking victim trying to recover $8M award (access required)


A Virginia attorney representing a victim of human trafficking earned her client an $8 million judgment in Kansas earlier this year, which is believed to be the largest single-plaintiff human trafficking award in United States history. Collecting the award, however, ...

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Racial comments don’t overcome no-impeachment rule (access required)

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An African-American defendant who was convicted of drug and firearm charges may not interview the convicting jurors for signs of racial animus, despite a juror’s statement that his peer expressed racial prejudice during deliberations, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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From the beginning, to the end (access required)


Just a few short months after walking 2,190 miles on a footpath from Georgia to Maine, Bruce Matson is back in the office in a high-rise in Richmond, handling bankruptcy cases for LeClairRyan, where he’s a partner. But that’s not ...

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Company gets nod to enforce nonsolicitation agreement (access required)


A federal judge in Harrisonburg has ruled that a Virginia-based drone company could seek to enforce a nonsolicitation agreement and entered an injunction against an ex-employee. But the enforcement effort was stayed after the man filed for bankruptcy in Maryland ...

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Job market for law grads shows improvement (access required)

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The job market for Virginia law school graduates improved modestly from 2016 to 2017, based on an analysis of data published by the American Bar Association and the National Association for Law Placement. While statistics for the class of 2018 ...

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Increased efficiency leads to more ADR in workers’ comp. system (access required)


Each year, more and more cases in Virginia are resolved through alternative dispute resolution. But, according to an annual report published Sept. 13 by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, this number is going up particularly quickly in workers’ compensation cases. ...

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Requiring proof of residency may be Fair Housing violation (access required)

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A mobile home park may have violated the Fair Housing Act by requiring residents to provide proof of their legal residency in the United States, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Four Latino families allege that the ...

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Lessons from Florence: Disaster planning for law firms (access required)


As this issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly was being put to bed, Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, was headed for landfall in the Carolinas, with heavy rain and wind expected for Virginia. Large population centers in the commonwealth appeared ...

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