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Illegals held behind bars as witnesses

Five illegal immigrants are being held in the Fairfax County jail as material witnesses to a murder, even though they are not charged with any crime. As reported by the Washington Post, the five Hondurans may be behind bars for ...

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Bankruptcy – Student Loan Debt – ‘Undue Hardship’

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.” In re Spence (USCA) (VLW 008-2-141) (11 pp.)

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Chairs fall off pickup, motorcyclist crashes – $55,000 Settlement (access required)

On Aug. 13, 2006, the defendant was returning from a campsite in her 1998 Chevrolet C-500 pickup truck, which was loaded with supplies, including chairs. She was driving southbound in the left lane of Route 37 just south of Route ...

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Defense verdict for one physician, liability for another – $2,390,331 Verdict against PCP, Defense Verdict for gastroenterologist (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent, a 38-year-old Dominion Power employee, went to his primary care physician, Dr. Russell Myers, on June 29, 2005, with complaints of indigestion, “GI stuff,” and arms hurting for two months. The PCP treated him for gastroesophageal reflux disease ...

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Going Green (access required)

Local lawmakers – whether in the congested suburbs of major urban centers or in smaller communities around the country – have embraced green building standards. Those standards are exemplified, if not defined outright, by the LEED criteria adopted by the ...

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Real Estate – Home Sale – Fraud – Attorney’s Fees (access required)

Home sellers who successfully defended against the buyers’ suit alleging fraudulent inducement in failing to disclose the home’s water and mold damage are not entitled to attorney’s fees, according to the Fairfax Circuit Court, because the dispute does not arise ...

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Creditor’s Rights – Writ Of Fieri Facias – Garnishment (access required)

A judgment creditor who has received a timely response to her writ of fieri facias from the law firm that previously represented the debtor, and an answer to her garnishment summons to indicate that from Feb. 22, 2008 through the ...

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Terms of death settlements always must be made public (access required)

The terms of wrongful death settlements in Virginia are always public information, even when the settlements are the result of private mediation, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The opinion in the case of four deaths related to cardiac ...

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