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1993 Top Popular Opinions (access required)

BARNES v. BARNES. Where the parties agreed that by 1989, their marriage had ended, and the wife filed for divorce in early 1990 on the grounds of mental cruelty and constructive desertion, the trial court did not err in refusing ...

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Research Guide: Significant Tort, Insurance & Negligence Cases (access required)

Below is a recap of some of 1993’s significant cases in tort, negligence and insurance: Tort/Negligence – Punitive Damages – Negligent Driving – No Alcohol Even though defendant driver had not been drinking alcohol, plaintiff nevertheless can state a claim ...

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1993 Legal Review: In tort law, automobile accident punitives, ultimate issue testimony lead changes (access required)

By Robert SmithMidford, News Editor Greater access to punitive damages in automobile accident cases and a sea change in expert testimony rules were the highlights in tort, negligence and insurance law in 1993, according to attorneys. Although many of the ...

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En banc granted in Barrett case (access required)

The Court of Appeals has granted a rehearing en banc in Barrett v. Commonwealth. The case was a Popular Opinion in November. In the original appeals opinion (VLW 093-7-606), the three-judge panel reversed a drunken driving conviction. The judges ruled ...

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…On a lighter note in '93 (access required)

Not every item in the legal news in Virginia in 1993 was portentous or serious. Among the more unusual stories across the commonwealth this past year: 1. The Bobbitts. John and Lorena Bobbitt of Prince William County became household names ...

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The 1993 Legal Year (access required)

Normally, Virginia’s legal system basks in relative anonymity. Our reputation for conservative jurisprudence doesn’t put us on national television or the wire services very often, let alone in the tabloids. But two unusual, and very different, cases saw the harsh ...

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IOLTA revisited? (access required)

Bankers seek to derail mandatory program By Robert SmithMidford, News Editor The Virginia Bankers Association is launching a new attack against the mandatory IOLTA rule. The Bankers Association, which fought the rule in June before the Supreme Court, is circulating ...

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Solons review economic impact of regulations (access required)

Legislators may shorten the leash on administrative rulemakers under proposals being discussed by a joint General Assembly committee. One plan could allow both legislators and attorneys representing consumers, landowners and business clients to get an advance look at and chance ...

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Guest Column: Antitrust safety zones for managed health care? (access required)

The Clinton health care reform proposals have focused attention on managed care. Terms like HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations), Health Alliances (health care purchasing agents for groups of employers), PPOs (Preferred Provider Organizations) and Gatekeepers (primary care physicians) are becoming as ...

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Research Guide: Significant Domestic Relations Cases from 1993 (access required)

Below is a recap of some of 1993’s significant Domestic Relations cases: Adultery – Spousal Support – Fault – Husband’s Business – Wife’s Contribution Where the parties agreed that by 1989, their marriage had ended, and the wife filed for ...

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