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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Negligence – P.I. Settlement – Lawyer Fraud

Although a lawyer defrauded his p.i. client by absconding with a settlement payment, a Fairfax Circuit Court says the lawyer had apparent authority to settle the case and the client cannot set aside the settlement. Johnson v. Lovos (Fairfax Cir.Ct.) ...

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Kaine cancels reception billed as fundraiser

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine cancelled a governor’s mansion reception when he discovered it was being advertised as a fundraiser for a political group. According to the Washington Post, a political action committee formed to help Democratic women seek elected office asked ...

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Portsmouth courthouse reopens

Officials hope Portsmouth Circuit Court will be open for business today. The Virginian-Pilot reports the court closed at noon yesterday because the heat hadn’t been working for two days. City officials say the heat is working properly now, and court ...

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Law office fracas leads to charge

It must have been an exciting day at Black, Noland & Read in Staunton when Steven Frenger came looking for legal help back in July. According to the Waynesboro News Virginian, Frenger became agitated and forcibly held one attorney captive ...

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Negligence – Auto Accident – Discovery – Witness Statements

In this wrongful death suit by the estate of a passenger whose vehicle was rear-ended by defendant paving company’s dump truck, a Suffolk Circuit Court says plaintiff can have statements made by witnesses and defendants to insurance investigators after the ...

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Former firefighter admits burning landmark tower

A Wise County man pleaded guilty yesterday to burning down the High Knob observation tower. According to the Bristol Herald-Courier, Nicholas Owens, age 23, was a volunteer firefighter when he and co-defendant Christopher Hyatt set the fires on Halloween of ...

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Alito, Grisham to speak at U.Va. conference

The 10th Annual Conference on Public Service and the Law will be held Jan. 30 and 31 at the University of Virginia law school. The program will feature both U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and author John ...

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Insurance – Business Auto Policy – Owner’s Family Coverage

A business auto policy for a roofing company is not ambiguous and there is no UM/UIM coverage for the fatal motorcycle accident of the business owner’s daughter; on an issue of apparent first impression, a Prince William County Circuit Court ...

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