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Five deemed ‘highly qualified’ for federal judgeship (access required)


A Virginia State Bar evaluation panel has recommended five candidates as highly qualified to succeed retiring Norfolk U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith. The VSB Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee interviewed the candidates Oct. 11. The VSB forwarded the evaluation report ...

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Unlawful search rescued by ‘good faith’ exception (access required)

Where a search warrant affidavit was found not sufficient to establish probable cause, testimony from the investigating officer revealed facts not contained in the warrant and supported the belief that evidence of child pornography would be found on the electronic ...

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Withdrawal of job offer based on obesity alone was not illegal (access required)

Where an employer withdrew a job offer based on the prospective employee’s high body mass index, or BMI, the employer did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Background On April 16, 2018, Matthew Sturgill applied for a conductor position ...

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Termination after injury had valid disability discrimination claim (access required)

Where a physical therapist was unable to perform certain job duties after being injured on the job and was terminated shortly after asking her employer for a reasonable accommodation that would have enabled her to perform all essential functions of ...

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Inmate’s wrongful death suit settles for $3 million (access required)

An inmate’s death at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which led to the enactment of legislation outlining procedures for the “review of death of inmates in local correctional facilities,” has now resulted in a $3 million wrongful-death settlement. Background Jamycheal ...

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