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The Kaplan Law Firm Wins Wage and Hour Case

The Kaplan Law Firm recently obtained a substantial judgment for unpaid overtime, unpaid wages and attorneys' fees against a popular Arlington, Virginia restaurant which failed to pay the firm's client the minimum wage and overtime. The defendants in the case, which was filed in July of last year, were Quinn's On The Corner, a restaurant in Arlington's Rosslyn neighborhood which claims to be "Rosslyn's favorite sports bar," and two managers or owners of that establishment: Reese Gardner and Jody Hessler.…

Panelist at Unpaid Wages Discussion

On Friday I was a panelist on a discussion of a successful unpaid wages case I brought on behalf of individuals who had worked as electricians and assistant electricians on construction projects in the Washington, D.C. area. The event, the annual John Burke Pro Bono Breakfast, was hosted by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and took place at the National Press Club. I described my work on the case—in conjunction with the Lawyer's Committee—which led to a settlement which provides for a payment…

Virginia Court of Appeals Agrees to Review Important Decision on Constitutional Rights

The Virginia Court of Appeals today granted a petition that I filed on behalf of my client, Felecia Amos, asking for a rehearing en banc of the Court’s decision in the Amos v. Commonwealth case.  The Court of Appeals’ initial ruling in the case, which was issued in August by a three judge panel of the Court before Ms. Amos hired me to represent her, upheld an Arlington County Circuit Court judge’s order sentencing Ms. Amos to ten days in…

Due Process in Virginia: Amos v. Commonwealth

Think you have the right to basic due process—such as the right to have an attorney, the right to have notice of the charges against you, the right to gather evidence in your favor and to speak in your defense—before you can be convicted of a crime?  Not in Virginia, at least according to Amos v. Commonwealth, issued earlier this month by the Virginia Court of Appeals. Felecia Amos had been a witness for the Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney (Virginia’s…

Virginia Class Actions

I am often contacted by potential clients and fellow attorneys about pursuing possible class actions in Virginia.  Most are unaware of a unique hurdle for potential Virginia class action plaintiffs: Virginia’s prohibition on class actions in state court.  Class actions are, however, permitted in Virginia’s federal courts. My name and my firm come up near the top of the list on Internet searches for Virginia class action attorneys.  Presumably, that is because, although I am licensed to practice in both…

Do not ignore a lawsuit!!

Many issues surrounding litigation are complicated.  But there is one straightforward, uncomplicated rule that applies to all lawsuits anywhere—if you are sued do not ignore the lawsuit!!  No matter how ridiculous the lawsuit seems or how much you do not want to pay for an attorney, you must respond to avoid a default judgment.  This rule may be obvious to many, but, it is ignored by untold numbers of individuals and small businesses every year.  Following this rule is especially…

Virginia Supreme Court Says Default Judgment Can be Entered Against Defendant Who Knows Nothing Of Lawsuit

The message of a somewhat surprising recent Virginia Supreme Court decision, Specialty Hospitals Of Washington v. Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc., is clear:  anyone sued in a Virginia court had better file a timely response to the lawsuit—whether or not they actually know that they have been sued. The case arose when Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) filed a complaint against Specialty Hospitals in Fredericksburg Circuit Court for Specialty Hospitals’ alleged failure to pay for linen and laundry services that RGI had provided…