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?Ex turpi causa? case from Roanoke set aside (access required)

Defense lawyers across the commonwealth can relax. A case that threatened seriously to undermine the much-loved contributory negligence defense has been overturned. On Sept. 26, the Supreme Court of Virginia set aside a 1996 Roanoke Circuit Court decision in Grubb v. Clark. In Grubb, the trial court had invoked the venerable doctrine of "ex turpi causa" to ...