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Monthly Archives: December 2007

Hassell: Courts should back learning English (access required)

The Judicial Council of Virginia has balked at a proposal by the Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century for the court system to be more accommodating of those for whom English is a second language. In doing so, ...

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Crack guidelines change to impact Eastern District (access required)

The retroactive sentencing reductions of some federal crack defendants will have a disproportionate impact on courts in the Eastern District of Virginia, and especially its Richmond Division. “It’s the right thing to do. It’s the fair thing to do, but ...

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Auto dealer did not have insurance coverage for Consumer Act lawsuit (access required)

A Vienna car dealership had no liability coverage for a consumer protection suit it settled with a buyer who claimed she was defrauded by a vehicle lease with the dealer. Jessica Kittrell alleged that when she visited Rosenthal Nissan/Mazda to ...

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Letter to the Editor (access required)

Dear Editor: I’m writing to those of you who offer free initial consultations to prospective clients in order to determine whether you can help them. I want to persuade you to stop. It certainly is not my intention to ask ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

Three attorneys have joined the Richmond law firm of CowanGates PC. Ernest P. “Rusty” Gates Jr. joined as partner and focuses his practice on criminal, traffic, personal injury, family law, real estate and estate planning. He was previously a principal ...

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Employment – ERISA – Employee Life Insurance – Effective Date (access required)

A hospital’s employee benefit plan cannot deny life insurance proceeds to the beneficiary of a nurse who died just prior to her six-month anniversary of employment, by claiming the policy was intended to require a six-month waiting period for all ...

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Best of 2007 (access required)

Publisher’s Note: Virginia Lawyers Weekly started The VLW Blog back in March. Since then, our editors have logged almost 300 posts. In this section, we’ve compiled some of the best items of the year. Cheers! March Back to the future: ...

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Best of the Blog (423825) (access required)

Hope, Emily Dickinson famously once wrote, is a thing with feathers. The new logo for the College of William and Mary is a thing without feathers. The NCAA decided the two feathers on the school’s previous logo were “hostile and ...

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Best of the Blog (423824) (access required)

So you got one of those EZ-Pass things that you stick on your windshield, allowing you to zip through a toll plaza and avoid a long line. Better stay on the marital straight and narrow. The Associated Press has a ...

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Best of the Blog (423823) (access required)

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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