The special grand jury for the Geer case consists of nine Fairfax residents, Lieberman said, selected last month by Chief Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Bruce D. White without the participation of prosecution or defense lawyers, as Virginia law requires.
Claims of tortious or wrongful interference are becoming more common these days. Recently, the federal district court in Alexandria roundly rejected such a claim in a lawsuit that presented an unusual set of circumstances. In his lawsuit, Stephen Stradtman contended that Republic Services improperly reduced purchases from the company for which Stradtman was CEO in order to pressure Stradtman to have his wife drop a discrimination lawsuit she had filed against Republic. Stradtman did not do so, however. Instead, he resigned as CEO and filed suit against Republic for tortiously interfering with his employment.
A Virginia police officer killed a man in his own home who hadn’t committed a crime and allegedly had his hands up. Why hasn’t the cop been charged? CNN’s Randi Kaye interviews Michael Lieberman and recaps the John Geer police shooting for Anderson Cooper 360⁰ Read more
Michael Lieberman, Harrington’s lawyer, said the settlement was the largest for a police shooting in Virginia history. “No family should have to fight like the Geer family was forced to,” Lieberman said, “in order to learn basic facts about the police shooting of a loved one, and the public deserves a government that is transparent and accountable.”
Dealing with employees who may pose a health or safety risk was the subject of comment by DiMuroGinsberg partner, Jonathan R. Mook, in a recent article appearing in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) online newsletter.
The article by Allen Smith, entitled “Rely on Conduct Rules to Discipline Workplace Threats,” explores the various ways in which employers may handle health and safety concerns without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act’s protections for disabled workers.
In the situation where an employer has objective evidence that an employee may pose a health or safety threat, Jonathan advises that the employer should consider placing the employee on leave and requesting that the employee undergo a fitness for duty exam before returning to his or her job. Before any type of job action is undertaken, however, Jonathan cautions that an employer should consult with employment counsel to ensure that any actions that are taken are in full compliance with the law. A copy of the SHRM article may be obtained at: http://www.shrm.org/legalissues/federalresources/pages/conduct-rules-direct-threat.aspx.
DiMuroGinsberg’s client, the RSPCA, prevails.
“A Richmond lawyer and his firm are on the hook for a $603,409.90 bequest that should have gone to the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals, under a judge’s ruling last month in a legal malpractice case.”
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