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Important Opinions January – December 2018 (access required)


The “Important Opinions” that appear each week on the front page of Virginia Lawyers Weekly are those chosen by our editors as the most likely to impact law practice or a given subject area of law. Below is a listing, ...

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Constructive discharge might support ‘Bowman’ claim (access required)


Although a federal judge ruled that allegations of constructive discharge – as opposed to outright firing – might support a Virginia “Bowman” claim of wrongful termination, the judge said other factors undermined the effort to add that claim to a ...

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Role of trustee made easier with ‘letter of wishes’ (access required)


By Alexander A. Bove Jr. and Melissa Langa BridgeTower Media Newswires Before she died, one of your long-term clients appointed you as trustee of a family trust for the benefit of her three children, currently ages 18, 23 and 28. ...

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Drug courts are split on how to deal with opioid addiction (access required)


Judges and court officials in Western Virginia are taking different tacks on their approach to drug court participants addicted to opioids. A state court drug treatment program in the Roanoke Valley does not allow participants to pursue medication-assisted treatment, or ...

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Facing the hiring squad (access required)


Two Virginia judges up for new terms on the bench faced scrutiny from legislators over their own personal issues and disputes at a recent interview session. A circuit judge was quizzed about a complaint raised by his ex-wife’s lawyer. A ...

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Investment behaviors to avoid (access required)


By Marijoyce Ryan BridgeTower Media Newswires After enjoying solid investment returns in 2017, investors this year have experienced higher than usual volatility in the stock market and headwinds in the bond market. Rising interest rates and trade tensions have been ...

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City’s legal bills subject to FOIA, even in heat of litigation (access required)


Although a Virginia city claimed it had special concerns about releasing legal bills to a litigation opponent, the Supreme Court of Virginia found no reason to alter the usual standards for attorney-client and work product materials. In a Dec. 6 ...

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