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‘Neither large nor complex’: Attorneys’ fees, costs reduced in collection suit (access required)

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A couple was awarded attorneys’ fees and costs after a defendant violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA, by attempting to collect a disputed debt from them despite notice from their attorney. The federal district court, however, said ...

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VSB Annual Meeting Special

Welcome back to the beach. The 83rd Annual Meeting of the VSB returns in-person for 2022. In keeping with a decades-long tradition, the Virginia State Bar meets in Virginia Beach in June to wrap up bar business, induct new officers ...

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Unreasonable restraint: Political ad ban doesn’t pass constitutional muster (access required)

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A public transit system had a legitimate interest in avoiding some politically charged advertisements, but its lack of a formal definition of “political” or written guidelines clarifying how its prohibition on political ads was to be applied doomed its policy ...

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Officer’s retaliation claims survive (access required)

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A Richmond police officer’s allegations that he was retaliated against after complaining about being denied a promotion for discriminatory reasons have survived the city’s motion to dismiss. The Eastern District of Virginia found the officer had sufficiently alleged a violation ...

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High court: Harmless error doctrine limited by VAPA (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has asked the state health commissioner to re-evaluate an application for a certificate of public need, or COPN, from Chesapeake Regional Medical Center for a new open-heart surgery service and cardiac catheterization equipment. The decision ...

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Emotional distress claim vs. accuser survives dismissal (access required)

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A doctor who claimed he was arrested twice on false charges of stalking and domestic violence can sue his accuser for intentional infliction of emotional distress, or IIED. A federal trial court denied the accuser’s motion to dismiss, holding that ...

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Authority exceeded: Supreme Court orders city employee’s reinstatement (access required)

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The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a circuit court’s refusal to implement a city grievance panel’s unanimous decision reinstating and awarding back pay to a former city employee. After the plaintiff’s reinstatement was ordered, the city manager refused to reinstate ...

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Former public defender can sue federal judiciary (access required)

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While sovereign immunity will limit her claims, a former federal public defender in North Carolina can pursue claims against the judiciary for failing to take immediate and effective action regarding her sexual harassment complaints, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Presenting Virginia’s Go-To Lawyers for employment law (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce the “Go To Lawyers” for employment law. Now in its third year, the “Go To Lawyers” program recognizes leading lawyers from across the commonwealth in a particular field of law. We’ve showcased top ...

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