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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Algae on sidewalk causes fall, serious knee injury – $1,950,000 Settlement (access required)

This premises liability/personal injury action arose out of a slip-and-fall accident that occurred at the defendant’s apartment complex on Sept. 18, 2004. At approximately 11:30 p.m., plaintiff Jane Doe went to the apartment complex to visit her cousin. While walking ...

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Plaintiff can ‘stack’ UM/UIM coverage (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled last Thursday that a girl badly injured in a car wreck can “stack” the uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage in her father’s auto policy, increasing the potential amount of money available for her injury. In the ...

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Senators back Keenan for seat on 4th Circuit (access required)

U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner have recommended Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara M. Keenan for a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If President Obama nominates her and the Senate confirms the nomination, Keenan would ...

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Bond claim survives CRESPA (access required)

Virginia’s statutory scheme for regulating real estate settlement agents – the CRESPA statute adopted in 1997 – does not prevent a suit to recover under the surety bond that settlement agents have to carry. In the current economic climate, with ...

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High court sets rules on expungement (access required)

A criminal defendant can have charges removed from police and court records even if it appears the trial judge believed he had committed the crime, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled in two cases last week. The key, the court ...

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Shelving outfit prevails in patent dispute in state court (access required)

The design for shelving that holds boxes of documents in warehouses hardly seems like an issue that would set off a big legal battle. But the wrangling involved a patent law dispute in state court in Virginia Beach, inconsistent decisions ...

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Court clarifies preservation and endorsement of orders (access required)

Most trial and appellate lawyers recognize that the first step in appellate practice occurs at the trial court level, and that is ensuring that reversible errors are preserved for appeal by contemporaneous objections at the trial and other proceedings in ...

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Stay close to your clients during troubling times (access required)

Over the more than two decades that I’ve been doing legal marketing, I have documented that 80 percent of new work comes from current clients (either in the form of new matters or referrals) or referrals from other lawyers. This ...

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Building a community, one tweet at a time (access required)

Are you on Twitter? If not, you might want to take a look. For those who haven’t been tuned in to all the recent buzz, Twitter is a micro-blogging platform that poses the simple question, “What are you doing?” Users ...

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