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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Civil Procedure – Discovery – Real Estate Sale – Environmental Contamination (access required)

In this litigation over a seller’s remediation efforts on a parcel of Richmond real estate, a Fairfax Circuit Court says the seller must hand over a number of documents involving communications between the seller and its remediation contractor, despite the ...

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Medical Malpractice – Expert Witnesses – Limit (access required)

In this failure-to-diagnose Lyme disease case in which plaintiff has hired three experts and defendant has eight, including five experts on the standard of care, a Norfolk Circuit Court says defendants can call a total of five experts. Defendants claim ...

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FDIC will back full amount of IOLTA accounts (access required)

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will cover the full amount of lawyers’ IOLTA accounts, under new regulations adopted Nov. 21. The regulations are part of the agency’s transaction account guarantee program, which in turn is part of its Temporary Liquidity ...

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Civil Procedure – Res Judicata – Claim-Splitting – Sanctions (access required)

A real estate financing company that lost a 2006 suit with a former business associate has its later suit against the associate dismissed as barred by res judicata, and the Fairfax Circuit Court sanctions the lawyer hired to bring the ...

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Litigation over who missed deadline expands to four suits (access required)

Litigation over a blown deadline in the appeal of an $8.3 million judgment has expanded to four lawsuits in state and federal court. The focus of all the cases is whether Christopher C. Spencer and his former law firm, Bowman ...

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Attorneys – Legal Malpractice – Divorce – Expert Opinion (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court refuses to dismiss an unhappy husband’s legal malpractice suit against his divorce lawyer because plaintiff husband does not have an expert witness. Plaintiff was unhappy with the outcome of his divorce representation and the size of ...

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