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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Medical Malpractice – Superseding Intervening Cause – Jury Instruction – Blood Clot (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court reverses a judgment for defendant radiologist who diagnosed a deep vein thrombosis in a patient who several days later died of pulmonary embolism because the trial court erred in instructing the jury on “superseding intervening causation” ...

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Criminal – Jury Instructions – Sentence Reduction – Judge’s Power (access required)

At defendant’s sentencing proceeding for cocaine distribution, the trial court erred in responding to a question during jury deliberations by telling the jury the court had the power to reduce but not to increase the sentence imposed by the jury, ...

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Web site training manual: Research hypotheticals (access required)

Last in a series of articles on how to use to the new Virginia Lawyers Weekly Web site. For the past eight weeks, we’ve been bringing you the weekly installments of the user manual for our new and improved Web ...

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Wills & Trusts – Intestate Succession – Paternity Proof (access required)

Two children born out of wedlock to a man who died without a will own a portion of his real estate and their partition suit not barred because they did not comply with Va. Code § 64.1-5.1(4) to prove within ...

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Kaine commutes death sentence of man with mental issues (access required)

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has commuted the sentence of a death row inmate with a history of mental issues to life in prison. Percy Walton, 29, was sent to death row for robbing and killing three neighbors in Danville in ...

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Wills & Trusts – Corporate – Donated Art Works – Sale By College (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court rejects the effort by a group of women students to halt the decision by trustees of Randolph College, formerly Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, to sell art work donated to the college, by arguing that Va. Code § ...

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Vick’s state dogfighting trial will be delayed until release (access required)

The state trials of Michael Vick and three co-defendants on dogfighting charges will be delayed until the men are freed from federal prison, the Surry County prosecutor said last week. “We don’t intend to go forward until these guys are ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – Vermont Civil Union – PKPA (access required)

A woman who is seeking visitation with her former lesbian partner’s child cannot overturn a Virginia Court of Appeals order to a circuit court to register a custody and visitation ordered rendered by a court in Vermont, where the women ...

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Richmond lawyer settles defamation case with insurer (access required)

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has decided to settle rather than try to defend the accuracy of an adjuster’s statement that a prominent Richmond personal injury attorney “just takes people’s money.” Jay Tronfeld sued after the adjuster also told the client ...

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