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Youngkin plan calls for reevaluating major clean energy law | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

(AP) Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin called Oct. 3 for expanding nuclear power generation in Virginia, reevaluating a recent clean energy law celebrated by environmentalists, and restoring greater authority to state regulators who oversee the state's powerful utilities. His administration laid out those and other goals in a 29-page state energy plan unveiled Oct. 3 before a ...

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OSHA expands severe violator program | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

The U.S. Department of Labor is expanding the criteria for placement in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). Employers can now be placed on the list for violating any hazard. Previously, an employer could be put in the program for failing to meet a limited number of standards. The changes ...

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Audit testing could combat hiring bias | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

A new report recommends the use of audit testing to identify discrimination in the hiring process. The authors advise that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as state and local fair employment practices agencies, deploy testing as a proactive approach to deter employment discrimination. Employers may wish to take note of the ...

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How social media has changed the legal playing field | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

It’s becoming a common story. The rise of social media has created a dramatic expansion of the playing field for both the collection of evidence and its presentation to jurors as well as new issues for judges to grapple with regarding admissibility of a growing sea of personal information flowing freely across the internet. In ...

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Excessive force lawsuit filed after Virginia man’s death | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

FRONT ROYAL (AP) The son of a 77-year-old man who died after sustaining injuries during a traffic stop in Virginia earlier this year has filed a $6 million lawsuit that alleges the deputies involved in his father's arrest used excessive force. The civil complaint from Ian Ennis, the son and administrator of the estate of the ...

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Retired police officer injured in auto accident — $1.15M settlement | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

Type of action: Auto accident Injuries alleged: Subarachnoid and subdural hemorrhage; left tympanic bone fracture; three fractured ribs; partial lung collapse; hiatal hernia; left scapular fracture Name of case: Ward v. Lane Court: Albemarle County Circuit Court Date resolved: 6/15/2022 Special damages: $271,252 in past medical costs Verdict or settlement: Settlement Amount: $1,150,000 Attorney for ...

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Military pension division deal OK | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

The Hampton Circuit Court has upheld the terms of a separation agreement under which a military veteran agreed to indemnify his former spouse for any losses to her share of his gross retired pay. Judge Bonnie L. Jones found that the case didn’t run afoul of a U.S. Supreme Court prohibition against state courts ordering ...

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Representing unpopular clients | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

As attorneys involved in representing people accused of committing crimes, naturally we are both acutely aware of several provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The Fifth Amendment provides that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of ...

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Hook Shot | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

My mother was an artist. She got her degree from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. I apparently inherited some of her artistic talent. When I got to college, it dawned on me that my mother had never given me or signed me up for any art lessons, although she obviously had seen ...

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Mutual mistake dooms real estate transaction | Virginia Lawyers Weekly

A circuit court judge granted a defendant’s demurrer in a case over a real estate sales contract after finding both parties to the contract mistakenly believed the defendant seller was the only person to have title to the property the plaintiff sought to buy. The plaintiff purchaser had no claim for specific performance, breach of ...