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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

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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Fourth Circuit rebuffs challenge to lifelong sex offender registration (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a constitutional challenge to Virginia’s lifelong sex offender registration requirement for certain offenses. The petitioner had been convicted at age 18 based on conduct with a 14-year-old girl. He argued that ...

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Changing times: Virginia courts modify pandemic guidelines (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court and Virginia Court of Appeals have modified their operations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Both courts have plans to resume in-person oral arguments while maintaining many of the safety protocols, including social distancing and limiting access to ...

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Misconduct, not retaliation, led to worker’s termination (access required)

An employer was granted summary judgment against hostile work environment and retaliation claims filed by a former employee who reported sexual harassment by a co-worker but admitted she leveraged an offensive video to “elicit a cash payment” from the harasser. ...

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