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Monthly Archives: May 2007

Office e-mail: Stick to the company line

Is using your office e-mail with its signature stamp the same as using office letterhead? Should anyone down a chain of distribution that you can’t control assume that your e-mail speaks for your employer? Office e-mail comes pretty close to ...

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‘Civil remedial fees’ take effect July 1

In an ongoing, never-ending effort to figure out how to generate money for transportation, the 2007 General Assembly came up with at least a partial source for funds: bad drivers. In House Bill 3202, the transportation funding bill, the Assembly ...

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In praise of our way of picking judges

Virginia remains only one of two states where the legislature elects judges. Critics complain, sometimes with justification, about our system. Some argue that it has become a way to dispense political patronage (as if that element hadn’t always been part ...

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Missing painting nets minimal damages in Fairfax

It looks so easy when they do it on Antiques Roadshow. Experts on the popular public television series who examine stuff brought down from the attic appear to take their cues from certain elements of a painting or an objet ...

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Employment – At- Will Employment – Association Lawyer (access required)

The former general counsel for a trade association of travel agents cannot sue the association for tortious interference with contract on a claim that he was terminated allegedly after he took advantage of a company policy protecting whistleblowers to report ...

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Tort – Conversion – Company Checks (access required)

A family business cannot sue defendant bank for conversion, based on the actions of the business’s bookkeeper, who formerly owned half the business but only owned 10 percent after the parties divorced, in depositing company checks into her personal account; ...

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Wills & Trusts – Decedent's Hospital Bills – Claim Assignment (access required)

Although the hospital cashier testified he did not have authority to accept from decedent’s brother only a partial payment of $20,000 for decedent’s $215,126 in medical bills, the circuit court affirms the denial by the commissioner of accounts of the ...

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Drunken tow truck driver not liable for I-95 death (access required)

A driver of Aggressive Towing and Transport Inc. had pulled over to the shoulder of Interstate 95 northbound. A vehicle with a driver and three passengers ran off the highway and into the back of the tow truck. Two passengers ...

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Bankruptcy – Jurisdiction – Breach Of Contract – Tortious Interference (access required)

Although the Chapter 11 debtor, a limited partnership that financed its purchase of two Staunton, Va. office buildings through bonds assigned to defendant bank, contends the bankruptcy court had jurisdiction over debtor’s post-confirmation adversary proceeding against the bank, the district ...

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