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Title VII doesn’t protect illegal collection of evidence

An employee cannot break the law in order to collect evidence in support of a workplace discrimination lawsuit, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Judge Diana Motz, writing for a unanimous panel, said that for an employee’s ...

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Human trafficking victim trying to recover $8M award

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

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

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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Job market for law grads shows improvement

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

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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