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Court OKS $25 assessment for Clients' Protection Fund (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved the assessment of a $25 fee on all active members of the Virginia State Bar to support the Clients’ Protection Fund. The approval had been expected because the VSB Council had recommended the ...

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Judge awards $2.4M in attorneys' fees (access required)

A federal judge has awarded more than $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative in its litigation with Ragnar Benson Inc., the company it hired to design and construct an electrical generation plant in Fauquier ...

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Appeals court orders a new trial for Caroline woman (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a woman convicted of murdering her husband, a state police sergeant, in their Caroline County home. A three-judge panel unanimously ruled that Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Latney improperly struck five ...

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Condition of the Chesapeake Bay is terrible (access required)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Chesapeake Bay is in pitiful condition despite restoration efforts, according to reports released last Wednesday by the University of Maryland and a federal-state partnership charged with bay cleanup. The university’s Center for Environmental Science gave the ...

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Back injuries from crash lead to $175K settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, Sylvia Humphries, was stopped at a red light in Covington on October 25, 2002, when the car that was stopped behind her was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by Teddy Dressler Jr., knocking that car ...

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Plaintiff's obesity complicates case; settlement reached (access required)

Plaintiff, a Charlottesville resident at the time of her injury, weighed over 400 pounds. She was returning from a Christmas party on Dec. 11, 2005, in Halifax County, N.C., when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer drifted ...

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State's tough commitment laws likely to be debated (access required)

(AP) Virginia makes it tougher than all but four other states to force treatment on a person showing signs of mental instability—a distinction that is sure to be fiercely debated in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre. State law ...

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Black woman: Boss's ?help' violated Title VII (access required)

A black female former administrator for the Department of Transportation says that her boss’s efforts to “help” her and “look out” for her because others in the agency didn’t think a black woman could handle her job actually hindered her ...

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Products claims found in comp cases, consumer calls (access required)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.VA.—Workers’ comp attorneys may be missing something if a client only collects benefits pegged to weekly wages. In workplace injury cases that involve machinery, there may be a products liability claim to pursue. Such a claim may ...

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Will law firms open up to Open Source software? (access required)

Even as computer hardware prices continue to decline, the cost for the software needed to run them is increasing dramatically. It is now common for the costs of loading a lawyer’s computer with standard software to exceed the cost of ...

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