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Police Abuse Cases On the Rise

July 19th, 2016

With police shootings seemingly gaining national publicity on a weekly basis, Virginia has not been on the sidelines for the civil lawsuits that sometimes spring from instances of police overreach. Federal civil rights suits against police have historically been difficult cases to prosecute, for several reasons. First, neither the police department nor the local government


Virginia and the Nation’s Highest Court

June 16th, 2016

Over the past year, Virginia has repeatedly found itself center stage before the United States Supreme Court. In notable cases including McDonnell v. US and Wittman v. Personhuballah, Virginia politics — and politicians — figure greatly, drawing national attention. In McDonnell, our former governor is appealing his convictions from his highly publicized influence peddling trial,


New Law Sends Many Business Disputes to Federal Courts

June 1st, 2016

The new, federal Defend Trade Secrets Act went into effect May 11. Until the DTSA, the law governing claims alleging misappropriation of protected trade secrets was drawn from statutes in each of the states, leading to preliminary considerations as to which states’ laws might apply to a particular case and how those differing laws were


Don’t Hesitate- Get What You Paid For

March 30th, 2016

Nearly all businesses buy general liability insurance, to assure that they are protected from law suits that might arise from claims of negligence, defective products, or even employee problems. And nearly all of the policy documents that insurance companies issue contain clauses that condition their responsibility for providing defense and indemnification from claims upon swift


Marrs & Henry Among “Legal Elite”

March 15th, 2016

For many years now, Virginia Business magazine has published a list of the state’s “Legal Elite,” lawyers considered by their peers to be the very best in their respective fields of specialty. The list is compiled using the results of surveys solicited from practicing lawyers. Again this year, Marrs & Henry has had every one


Worker’s Comp Medical Billing: New Deadline Law Affecting Claims

March 15th, 2016

This year has seen the General Assembly direct the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission to develop a fee schedule for medical billings, to take effect for dates of service on or after January 1, 2018. That major hit to the bottom line of worker’s comp practitioners is still nearly two years off. But even before this


Where Toughness, Courtesy and Sanctions Meet

February 22nd, 2016

Famed lawyer and Noble Peace Prize winner Elihu Root once admonished, “About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists of telling clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” While the comment drips with the sort of condescension for which lawyers are infamous, there is still a key point to be embraced. People


Is Alternative Dispute Resolution Really in Your Best Interests?

February 15th, 2016

Over the past few decades, use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has grown steadily. Meant as alternatives to the traditional court processes, mediation and arbitration provide parties with avenues to resolve their legal problems, at the very least, keep them out of the public eye. But while ADR has many advantages, one size does not