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New bills would end phone app use while driving (access required)

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Despite numerous bills being introduced on the topic a year ago, it is currently still legal to use cell phone apps while driving in Virginia. While it is currently illegal to text or email while driving, legislators and safety advocates ...

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Whistleblower pleading standard clarified by court (access required)

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Direct evidence of government payment and receipt of fraudulent services must be alleged at the pleading stage for a qui tam action to survive a motion to dismiss, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Despite this, a ...

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Va. license suspension law faces new challenges (access required)

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A Virginia law which requires the automatic suspension of  the driver’s license of a resident who fails to pay court fines may soon be suspended itself as it faces challenges from multiple branches of state and federal government. Critics of ...

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Interest on reinstated verdict runs from judgment date (access required)

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Where a judgment has been reinstated on appeal, interest on an award must be calculated from the date of the original judgment, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on an issue of first impression. The Nov. 27 ...

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25 D.C. bar exam takers given wrong results (access required)

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An error in reporting bar exam results in Washington, D.C., in November left 13 applicants believing they had passed the July 2018 exam when they had not and 12 others falsely believing they had failed. The list of passing bar ...

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