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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: Can newspaper reporters be subpoenaed, and forced to testify in civil cases?

Civil rights law

Timothy R Johnson
Timothy R Johnson
answered on Feb 23, 2018

It depends on the reporter's relevance to the case. Virginia does not have a "shield law" (statute) that would permit journalists to claim a reporter's privilege from testifying as to information obtained from confidential sources; but the Supreme Court of Virginia recognizes... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: What are the biggest reasons some lawsuits are kept sealed instead of open to the public?

This has to do with confidential settlements.

Timothy R Johnson
Timothy R Johnson
answered on Feb 22, 2018

If you are just looking for policy reasons, Googling this topic will provide you a wealth of information.

But generally, lawsuits themselves are not 'sealed'. Specific records within the lawsuit may be sealed though, typically to protect personal information (ex: social security...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Virginia on
Q: Can a not-for-profit organization exist by just donating all of its profit instead of taking specific actions?

We have a for-profit LLC that we wish to convert it into a not-for-profit organization. We sell physical products and donate 100% of our profits already.

We would like to know if it is possible for a not-for-profit organization to be legal and retain its status if instead of doing the... Read more »

Timothy R Johnson
Timothy R Johnson
answered on Feb 21, 2018

If your question is whether it is legal for a donor non-profit organization to donate any potential "profits" (funds received to be used for the organization's primary service objectives) to donee non-profit organizations, instead of the donor non-profit organization performing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Virginia on
Q: I started a Home Inspection business. Do I need to have a Registered Agent?

I used Legal Zoom to help with the initial paper work for my company and now they say that I need to kepp paying them because I need them to act as my Registered Agent.....

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Registered Agent is the legal contact that receives, signs and forwards any State and legal documents to... Read more »

Timothy R Johnson
Timothy R Johnson
answered on Feb 21, 2018

What's true is that you do require a registered agent. The registered agent can be just about anyone as long as they are designated by you to receive legal paperwork on your company's behalf. Many entity startup businesses (such as LegalZoom and a ton of "Create a S-Corp in 5... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: I live in VA and I worked as a consultant for a company in Florida, and they are not paying me for work performed

I live in VA and I worked as a consultant for a company in Florida, and they are not paying me for work performed totaling over $10k - do I sue them in Virginia or Florida? And if VA which court?

Timothy R Johnson
Timothy R Johnson
answered on Feb 21, 2018

It's not a clear-cut answer whether you can sue the company in Virginia because it can depend on what the company's contacts are with Virginia.

What is a safe bet that they can be sued in Florida since they are a Florida company, presumably engaging in business in Florida....
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