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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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Resources available to help address substance abuse in legal community (access required)

In 2016, a landmark study from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs found a troubling trend: Attorneys were more likely than the average person to report problem drinking, anxiety or depression. ...

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Suit vs. settlement buyers, delegate dismissed (access required)

A lawsuit targeting the industry that offers “Cash Now” in exchange for future settlement annuity payments has been dismissed, along with claims against a Virginia lawyer-legislator who represented some of the major players in the business. Rulings this month by ...

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‘Intention’ to live in a home won’t trigger UM (access required)

A young woman who “intended” to live with her grandfather cannot recover uninsured motorist coverage for a motorcycle accident that occurred the day after she dropped off her bags, a Roanoke circuit judge has ruled. The policy covered relatives who ...

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Email surveillance suit rejected by 4th Circuit (access required)

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A divided federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an ACLU lawsuit challenging a portion of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international email and phone communications. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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‘Leaders,’ ‘Up & Coming’ for 2021 named

Virginia Lawyers Media, the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, has announced the 2021 class of “Leaders in the Law.” Now in its 16th year, this awards program recognizes the lawyers across the commonwealth who are setting the standard for other ...

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