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Virginia Supreme Court modifies, extends judicial emergency order (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia released the 36th order extending the declaration of judicial emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 4. The order, which applies to all of Virginia’s circuit and district courts, extends through March 30. ...

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Gone phishin’: Hackers find new weak point in calendar invites (access required)

Phishing concept

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began nearly two years ago, attorneys and other professionals have increasingly conducted business via digital means, including email and videoconferencing. Unfortunately, this increase in digital activity means cybercriminals have begun pursuing new avenues of attack beyond ...

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Negligent hiring, retention claims survive motion to dismiss (access required)

Truck on highway

Two plaintiffs who were catastrophically injured in an accident caused by a truck driver who had been fired from his previous job because of “too many incidents” that were serious enough to render him disqualified from consideration for rehire can ...

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First impression: Exigent circumstances supported warrantless cell phone ‘ping’ (access required)

Exigent circumstances supported a warrantless request to a cellphone provider for a “ping” of the defendant’s cellphone, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court has held in a matter of first impression. Prosecutors had argued the man’s violent criminal history and armed ...

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Policy exclusion bars coverage for employee’s dishonest conduct (access required)

Contract being examined

An insurance company’s partial motion to dismiss has been granted by a federal judge, who cited a policy exclusion that barred coverage for a construction company based on an employee’s dishonest conduct. Motions for summary judgment filed by both parties ...

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‘First of its kind’: VJLAP to co-host retreat for women legal professionals (access required)

A 2021 study of more than 3,000 attorneys found that, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, women attorneys have a higher prevalence and severity of depression, anxiety and stress, while “a significantly greater proportion” of women engaged in risky ...

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