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Monthly Archives: January 1993

VWAA gives qualified support to family court (access required)

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association last week joined those giving qualified support to the idea of a consolidated family court. Laurie E. Forbes, chair of the VWAA legislative committee, said that VWAA would support a proposal that established courts with ...

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1993 VBA officers take helm (access required)

Del. Whittington W. Clement, D-Danville, began his year as Virginia Bar Association president calling for an emphasis on membership service at the group’s winter meeting in Williamsburg Jan. 14-16. The VBA will restructure its membership committee to include both recruitment ...

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Virginia tort cap may be raised to $1M (access required)

The cap on an award under the Virginia Tort Claims Act could jump from the current limit of $75,000 to $1 million, under a proposal before the General Assembly this session. House Bill 1420, introduced by Del. Bernard Cohen, D-Alexandria, ...

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Doubling liability coverage doesn't affect UM benefits (access required)

A driver could not make a claim against his employer’s uninsured motorist coverage on the grounds that the employer’s increase in coverage created a new policy, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in an unpublished per curiam ...

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Family court bill goes before General Assembly (access required)

The fight for a new system of Family Courts has begun in earnest. After much study and discussion, the long-awaited enabling legislation for the family court is expected to be introduced to the General Assembly today. If passed, the measure ...

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Database safe from discovery (access required)

A computerized database developed by Ford Motor Company to track documents for discovery requests was attorney work product not discoverable by a plaintiff in a products liability case, a Loudoun County circuit judge has ruled. Although the circuit court acknowledged ...

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Practice Tips: Accused's broken blood vial may cause DUI dismissal (access required)

By John Carter Morgan Jr. Attorneys handling DUIs should be aware of a not-so-obvious defense which may be available in certain circumstances. Most attorneys are aware that when the results of a BAC blood test are unavailable, the case may ...

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Overturned trailer nets $2.1 million (access required)

A driver injured when his truck and attached boat trailer overturned has received a $2,112,500 settlement from the manufacturer of the boat trailer. The case, filed in Norfolk Circuit Court, was Morgan v. Calkins Manufacturing Co. (see Trial Reports, Jan. ...

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Mechanic's lien agent can't defend against lien claims (access required)

A lawyer may not ethically serve as a mechanic’s lien agent for a real estate project and then to defend against one of the liens thus filed, according to the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. In Legal ...

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Wife not liable when spouse shoots man with her rifle (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has set aside a $25,000 verdict for negligent entrustment entered against a woman whose husband took her rifle and shot a man who had accidently strayed onto their property. The high court held that the wife’s ...

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