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Whistleblower pleading standard clarified by court (access required)

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Direct evidence of government payment and receipt of fraudulent services must be alleged at the pleading stage for a qui tam action to survive a motion to dismiss, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Despite this, a ...

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A ‘progressive’ wave? (access required)

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At least three elected prosecutors in Northern Virginia this year are facing opponents promising new approaches to criminal law. Contests are underway in Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties, while observers watch to see what happens in Prince William County, where ...

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‘Influential Women of Law’ for 2019 named

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Virginia Lawyers Media, the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, has announced the inaugural class of “Influential Women of Law.” This new awards program honors women attorneys and judges for their excellent work on behalf of their clients, their commitment to ...

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The top intellectual property stories of 2018 (access required)

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As is the custom this time of year, here are the top intellectual property stories, including cases, of the past year: More than a feeling The 1st Circuit case of Scholz v. Goudreau doesn’t have much to do with IP. ...

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Va. license suspension law faces new challenges (access required)

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A Virginia law which requires the automatic suspension of  the driver’s license of a resident who fails to pay court fines may soon be suspended itself as it faces challenges from multiple branches of state and federal government. Critics of ...

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Dead men speak: Statute permits unlimited hearsay (access required)

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A sharp dispute over personal injury damages in a rear-ender has spotlighted Virginia’s limitless hearsay exception allowing evidence of any relevant statement by a deceased party, regardless of circumstances. The fender-bender plaintiff came away from trial with a zero-dollar verdict, ...

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