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When does someone else’s employee become your employee?


More on Employment Law in Virginia By Terrence O’Connor and Stephanie Wilson Although the Bible tells us that “No man can serve two masters,” judges may disagree. Judges are increasing­ly ruling that, in some instances, a subcontractor’s employee can have ...

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Pro bono seminar is free

The Virginia State Bar Access to Justice Committee and the Old Dominion Bar Association are sponsoring a free seminar – with three MCLE hours pending – called “Bridging the Justice Gap through Pro Bono” on September 12 in Richmond. The ...

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Judge restored after ‘exile’ for courthouse behavior (access required)

A general district judge who was ordered to sit in courthouses outside his district for 14 months has been officially reinstated, but still is not presiding in 11th District courtrooms. General District Judge Robert B. Beasley Jr. was barred from ...

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Tech Talk: Does Surface put MS back in the game? (access required)


By Rob Wetzel You don’t have to open a Bible to understand the ancient proverb that says pride cometh before the fall; you need only trace the haugh­ty moves made by Microsoft over the last two decades to witness how ...

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Resolution of umbrella coverage allows settlement to paraplegic – $2.8 Million Settlement (access required)

In June 2015, Tan­ya Dombrosky, 16, crashed her Hyundai Veloster in Botetourt County, hitting a tree and rolling the car. Lia­bility was not seriously contested. Her unre­strained passenger, Matthew Green, 17, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered a fractured ...

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Man fell forward on stairs, flower pots blocked railing – $1,250,000 Settlement (access required)

On Nov. 3, 2015, the plaintiff, 59, was picked up by his octo­genarian father out­side of his apartment building. Because of the plaintiff’s co-mor­bidities, including a prior stroke, toe amputation, and pancreas and kidney transplants, he did not drive. The ...

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Woman suffered heel injury in T-bone collision – $1 Million Settlement (access required)

This was a personal injury case aris­ing from a motor vehicle collision in Hanover County on March 15, 2015. The plaintiff, 22 at the time, was driving home from the grocery store when the defendant ran a stop-sign and T-boned ...

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Record personal injury verdict scored in DC in med-mal case – $8,350,000 Verdict (access required)

A man and his wife have recovered a ver­dict in D.C. Superior Court of $8,350,000. This verdict is a record for personal injury verdicts in D.C., the Superior Court started keeping comprehensive statistics on all in­jury verdicts in 2007. Mr. ...

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Passenger suffered back injuries in crash – $1 Million Settlement (access required)

The 20-year-old plaintiff was a back­seat passenger in her friend’s vehicle in Oakton, when the vehicle left the road and knocked down an electric pole and a street sign before smash­ing into a tree. Plaintiff suffered catastrophic inju­ries to her ...

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Kinser portrait added at Supreme Court (access required)

Former Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, the court’s first woman chief justice, was honored by having her portrait hung at the court in a June 9 ceremony. Kinser served 17 years on the Supreme Court bench, and more than three years ...

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