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Former DSS director advances wrongful termination claim (access required)

A former Department of Social Services (DSS) director can move forward on her First Amendment retaliation and wrongful termination claim against a member of the DSS Board and County Board of Supervisors, a federal court judge has ruled. But U.S. ...

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Virginia adopts updated COVID-19 workplace safety rules (access required)

Much attention has been placed on efforts at the federal level to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country’s workplaces, including President Joe Biden’s announcement in early September that workplaces of more than 100 workers would have to require ...

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Judge: OK for insurance provider to deny coverage in fraud dispute (access required)

A federal judge has ruled in favor of an insurance company in a coverage dispute stemming from an accident involving a driver who obtained permission to drive via fraud. In issuing summary judgment in favor of the defendant insurance company, ...

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Jury will decide if employee agreed to arbitration (access required)

An employer said an employee agreed to arbitrate employment-related claims against the company, but the employee denied signing any such agreement. Now, a jury must decide if an agreement to arbitrate was reached. U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent of ...

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Communication between prosecutor and victim subject of proposed LEO (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comment on a proposed legal ethics opinion on what communication is permitted between a prosecutor and a victim represented by counsel in the criminal case handled by the prosecutor and a related civil case. ...

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Arrest blotter ended over immigration enforcement concerns

Fairfax County police have stopped publishing a weekly arrest blotter after county officials found it violated a policy that restricts the dissemination of personal information that could aid immigration enforcement. Immigrant rights and civil liberties groups had been pushing for ...

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Claim rejected — Judge: No ‘Bowman’ action for safety-claim retaliation (access required)

A Richmond federal judge has rejected a state-law wrongful termination claim based on alleged retaliation against an employee who reported safety and health violations. The Bowman claim fizzled because the state code already provides a “extensive statutory remedy” that precludes ...

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Misdemeanor charges OK despite lack of prosecutor (access required)

A Newport News judge has denied a criminal defendant’s motion to dismiss made after the commonwealth’s attorney declined to prosecute a misdemeanor concealed weapon charge. Judge Gary A. Mills agreed with a Fairfax County Circuit Court holding earlier this year ...

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