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Man may discharge student debt, despite ignoring payment option (access required)

A Harrisonburg federal judge has given an ailing debtor another chance to discharge 11 student loans dating from 1989. The debtor’s failure to pursue an “income contingent repayment plan” for his CitiBank loans was not enough to torpedo his discharge ...

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Sanctions: Fairfax judge finds liability by default (access required)

A Fairfax circuit judge has entered a default liability judgment against Cavalier Telephone because the company failed to produce discovery despite being ordered to do so on several occasions. The judgment stemmed from a dispute between Cavalier and Step 9 ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

Hank J. Heyming and Shannon VanVleet Patterson have joined the Richmond office of Troutman Sanders LLP as associates in its securities & corporate governance practice group. Heyming was previously an associate with Williams Mullen in Richmond and also practiced with ...

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Defense bar still assessing January case on sanctions (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE—Lawyers at the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Spring Section meetings earlier this month still were reeling a bit from the Supreme Court of Virginia’s decision in Ford Motor Co. v. Benitez in January. That case, VLW 007-6-001, upheld a ...

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Market the firm or the attorneys? Finding a common thread (access required)

Any law firm with at least a handful of attorneys and more than one area of emphasis inevitably is faced with a critical business development question: Do we market the firm in general or do we promote the successes and ...

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Varsity tennis player receives $133K in pedestrian accident (access required)

Plaintiff, a varsity tennis player at Virginia Tech, was in a pedestrian crosswalk when defendant’s vehicle struck her and hurled her through the air and onto the pavement. Immediately following the accident, the plaintiff was taken by ambulance to Montgomery ...

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Drunken biker not at fault; defendant settles for $925K (access required)

Plaintiff, a 48-year-old male, was riding a motorcycle borrowed from a used car dealership where he worked as a mechanic. Plaintiff alleged that defendant abruptly changed lanes without signaling, colliding with his motorcycle and causing him to be ejected at ...

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Widow, estate win $1.185M settlement from U.S. 60 wreck (access required)

On June 18, 2006, plaintiff was traveling east on Route 60 (Anderson Highway) in Powhatan County when her vehicle was struck from the side, rolled over five times and ejected her husband from the passenger side of the vehicle. Both ...

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Builder, surveyor complaint settled by mediation for $120K (access required)

Plaintiffs, homeowners, contracted with defendant builder to construct a four-story house in Arlington County. Plaintiffs retained defendant surveyor to perform a stakeout and wall-check survey during construction. After the house was under roof with roughed-in plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems, ...

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Court upholds $1.9M in fees for directors (access required)

Partners in a closely held real estate development corporation confronted some personality and business conflicts after doing business together for 14 years. One of the partners—a 40 percent shareholder—was removed from the board of directors and as an officer of ...

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