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Bankruptcy – Car Loan – ‘Hanging Paragraph’ – Ch. 13 (access required)

A district court erred in holding that Wells Fargo Financial Acceptance, a creditor on a consumer car loan, had a purchase money security interest for the part of its claim that did not relate to the debtors’ negative equity and ...

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Defense can’t get info from ‘certifying expert’ (access required)

Under a Virginia law designed to block frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits, a doctor’s lawyer does not get access to the initial review by the plaintiff’s “certifying expert,” even if the same expert plans to testify at trial, a Fairfax County ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

New Associations Two attorneys have joined the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice: Matthew E. Ross in the Washington office and Lesley Whitcomb Fierst in the Tyson’s Corner office. Mark E. Warmbier has joined the Norfolk office of ...

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Washington & Lee U gets book back, 145 years later (access required)

Washington and Lee University has a missing library book back on its shelves -– nearly 145 years after it was stolen by a Union soldier during the Civil War. The 1842 book, the first volume of W.F.P. Napier’s four-volume “History ...

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Virginia gets $4.6M to clean up underground tank leaks (access required)

The federal government has awarded $4.6 million in stimulus funding to Virginia to clean up leaks from underground petroleum storage tanks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the funding April 8. The EPA says a total of $197 million is ...

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Capitol puts 50 new historic documents on display (access required)

WASHINGTON—The Capitol Visitor Center is putting 50 new historic documents on display just months after opening in December as the first stop for visitors to Congress. The documents on view beginning last Monday include the first draft of legislation declaring ...

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Circuit City seeks to sell brand and Web site (access required)

Circuit City Stores Inc. hopes to sell its brand, trademarks and e-commerce business to Systemax Inc., the same company that purchased electronics retailer CompUSA’s intellectual property when it closed in 2008. Richmond-based Circuit City, also a shuttered electronics retailer, has ...

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Virginia revenues continue to decline through March (access required)

State government tax collections continued to slide in March as unemployment deepened, eating into sales and income tax receipts, a new state report shows. March revenues declined by nearly 14 percent from the same month in 2008, according to last ...

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Fossella cuts plea, ending showdown over Intoxilyzer (access required)

An expected showdown over the accuracy of the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath alcohol machine was aborted last week when a former New York congressman folded his cards and pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Alexandria. Former Rep. Vito Fossella agreed to ...

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Ethics committee: Credit card payments still OK (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has issued LEO 1848, which reaffirms that lawyers may ethically take credit card payments but warns of possible violations of federal truth-in-lending laws. Attorneys may absorb the transaction fees of 2 ...

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