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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Field Judge (access required)

Once a week during football season, Circuit Judge William D. Broadhurst trades his black robe for zebra stripes to work as a referee for college football games. The jurist who sits on the bench in Roanoke on weekdays can be ...

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Real Estate – Closing – Sale Proceeds – Fiduciary Duty (access required)

A real estate seller who alleges defendants and their title company did not disburse sale proceeds to him after closing wins summary judgment on his claim for breach of fiduciary duty, despite defendants’ blaming their bank for the lack of ...

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Comp lien recovery try prompts suit (access required)

Virginia insurance law generally gives a workers’ compensation carrier a lien on the proceeds from a personal injury lawsuit against a third party. There is a major exception to that general rule, however. No lien is available on a recovery ...

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Bar discipline would be more costly (access required)

MILLWOOD—The Virginia State Bar’s Executive Committee wants to hike the administrative fee assessed against lawyers who are disciplined by the bar. Meeting at the Carter Hall Conference Center Sept. 18-19, the committee voted to recommend that the VSB Council increase ...

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Bankruptcy – Student Loan Debt – ‘Undue Hardship’ (access required)

Although debtor is in her late 60s with some health problems, she can’t discharge her $161,000 in student loans as an “undue hardship,” the 4th Circuit says. Debtor earned a bachelor’s degree in December 1986 and a master’s degree in ...

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SOX whistleblower case argued in 4th Circuit (access required)

Once again, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is looking at what kind of a report of corporate “fraud” is protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Just weeks after handing down its SOX whistleblower decision in Welch v. Chao, a ...

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Podiatrist can’t testify on issue of causation (access required)

A disabled railroad worker’s lawsuit was dismissed last week because a judge found that, under Virginia law, his podiatrists could not testify that his foot condition was caused by workplace conditions. The opinion excluding the podiatrists’ testimony on causation comes ...

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The power of storytelling in word-of-mouth marketing (access required)

By Mark Powers and Shawn McNalis “I guess you could say I was born an attorney,” the lawyer said. “Of course, it’s better to actually have a license.” Everyone in the workshop laughed. It was a good opening line in ...

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Marketing: Replace ‘no comment’ with pithy quotes (access required)

Some law firms hire consultants for all or part of their media relations. But lawyers can generate a lot of favorable publicity on their own, just by following a few basic media relations rules, according to Larry Bodine, a legal ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

Douglas P. Rucker Jr., a shareholder in the law firm of Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, has been selected to join the board of directors for Needle’s Eye Ministries Inc. Rucker has served for years on the advisory board for ...

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