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Lien In: Maximizing Recovery of Workers’ Compensation Liens through Arbitration

When an employee is injured on the job due to the negligence of a non-employer third-party, the employee has two claims: one against the employer based in workers’ compensation, the other as a personal injury claim against the third-party.  While they may have two claims, they are allowed only one recovery for their lost wages, […]

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Honoring all who served

At Setliff Law, we are grateful today and every day to all veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms. And we’d like to extend a special thank you to our own veterans, Peter E. Schurig and Michael L. Donner. With respect and gratitude, we honor the men and women who served in the United […]

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Study Finds Singing and Dancing Reduce Chances of Safety Critical Events Among Commercial Drivers

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans’ driving habits changed.  Stay-at-home orders, telecommuting, and other factors led to a decrease in the number of drivers on the road.  Yet, according to early estimates by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2020—the largest […]

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Navigating the New and Expanded Virginia Human Rights Act

Becoming effective in July of 2020, the Virginia Human Rights act drastically changed employment law in Virginia. Prior to the law in 2020, the Human Rights Act contained a very limited private right of action against employment discrimination. The previous law allowed for an employer to bring a cause of action against an employer for […]

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Charged with Reckless Driving by Speed in Virginia: What Now?

A reckless driving charge in Virginia is not merely a moving violation or a simple speeding ticket. This is because Virginia makes reckless driving a criminal offense, and more specifically, a class one misdemeanor. For context, class one misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanors in Virginia. They are punishable by up to 12 months in […]

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The Virginia Consumer Protection Act as a Defensive Weapon in the Hands of the Trucking Industry?

In the ongoing annals of the trucking industry’s running battle against the asphalt piracy of excessive towing charges, all too often owner-operators of heavy trucks get caught in the cross-fire.  The scenario is not unusual:  an owner-operator of a truck is under contract with a trucking company to haul a load of cargo, and while […]

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Congratulations to Allison Rienecker!

  Allison F. Rienecker, an associate at Setliff Law, has been elected as the Chair of the Richmond Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (RBA YLS) for the 2021-2022 bar year. The YLS has nearly 400 attorneys and includes all RBA members under age 40 or within their first 5 years of practice. The section regularly organizes meetings, […]

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Bifurcation and the Reptile

Like the dinosaurs, the Reptile Theory seems to freely roam the earth for years and years.  Also like the dinosaurs, it is a favorite topic of articles and debate.  For the cave people who are scratching their heads grunting, “Huh? What?”, the Reptile Theory is a legal strategy popularized by David Ball and Don C. […]

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Following the Rules: Clarification on the Safety Rule Defense to Workers’ Compensation Claims

In general, employees in Virginia are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who is to blame for the accident. That means, with few exceptions, the negligence of any party involved in a workers’ compensation case is irrelevant to the award of benefits. Common sense, however, would dictate that if employees aren’t following “the rules” […]

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Congratulations to Steve Setliff, Named 2022 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”

C. Stephen Setliff, partner and owner of Setliff Law, was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly […]

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