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Restaurant to pay $40K in pact over gay server’s harassment

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Prince William County restaurant operator has agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve a lawsuit that claimed its employees routinely harassed a gay server with homophobic epithets and taunted him about his sexuality. A federal judge on Aug. 8 signed ...

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Judge favors Grimm in transgender bathroom case

NORFOLK (AP) A federal judge has ruled that a school board’s transgender bathroom ban discriminated against a former student, Gavin Grimm. The Aug. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk is the latest of several nationwide that ...

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Judge sanctions white nationalists in Charlottesville case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge has sanctioned white nationalists for their “unacceptable” behavior in a lawsuit against them in connection with a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, nearly two years ago. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel C. Hoppe on Aug. 9 ...

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School system cleared in handling of sex-assault claim

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A civil jury has exonerated Virginia’s largest school system of wrongdoing in its handling of a sex-assault complaint made by a student on a band trip. The student said in a lawsuit that administrators at Oakton High School ...

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Pipeline company asks county to remove 2 protesters

ELLISTON (AP) Attorneys for a company constructing a controversial natural gas pipeline through Virginia are asking a county judge to remove tree-sitters that are blocking work on the project. A federal court denied a similar request the week before. Mountain ...

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Reports: Assault victim is lawyer (access required)

A man severely beaten in the face at a Chesterfield office building this week is an attorney who apparently was attacked outside his office, news reports say. Police have not provided the name of the victim. He was found in ...

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Chelsea Manning gets credit for time served in contempt case

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge has granted a small bit of relief to former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning as she serves a jail term for refusing to testify to a grand jury. In an order released Aug. 5, U.S. District ...

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Apartment settles discriminatory screening lawsuit

(AP) A Virginia apartment complex is revamping its background check requirements of prospective tenants after a lawsuit alleged that it was using racially discriminatory screening methods. The Sterling Glen apartment complex has agreed to limit its background check policy so ...

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Washington County weighs courthouse move to old Kmart site

ABINGDON (AP) Voters in Washington County are expected to get a choice in November about whether the functions of their overcrowded, historic courthouse should be moved to a strip mall. The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted Aug. 5 to enter ...

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More LeClairRyan lawyers on the move (access required)

Three more LeClairRyan attorneys are moving across town in Richmond. Jim Guy, Garland Carr and Cathy Zhang will go to work at Williams Mullen. Guy and Carr will join the Williams Mullen energy practice as partners. Zhang joins as an associate ...

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