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Important Opinions: A recap for January-June 2009 (access required)

This week, Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents the compilation of Important Opinions from January to June 2009. There are no new opinion digests in this issue; the Important Opinions section takes the place of the digests for a week. Our digests ...

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‘Move-over law’ is trap for drivers (access required)

Motorists who carefully follow the instructions printed on a state highway sign still could end up facing traffic charges under Virginia’s so-called “move-over law.” The signs tell motorists to “move over or reduce speed” for stopped emergency vehicles. As Arlington ...

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Lawyers jump on DUI case (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 handed down Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, a case holding that laboratory analysts generally must appear in court rather than submit their findings through a sworn report. Lawyers in Virginia with drunken-driving clients were citing ...

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Work of ’09 Assembly became law July 1 (access required)

Exercise of a constitutional right to petition the government or misuse of the judicial process for political gain? Substitute Judge Westbrook J. Parker saw misuse, but the Virginia General Assembly saw exercise of a constitutional right and overwhelmingly adopted legislation ...

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PDFs: A handy tool for document management, storage (access required)

Any lawyer understands the importance of document management. Important papers pass through the office daily and establishing an organized system for storing and sharing files becomes a necessary practice. But pieces of paper can quickly turn into mountains of records, ...

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Localities seek removal of ‘Ghost Fleet’ in James (access required)

NEWPORT NEWS—Local governments are appealing to federal officials and Congress to speed the removal of the so-called Ghost Fleet in Virginia’s lower James River. Officials from Suffolk, Newport News and James City County contend the James River Reserve Fleet off ...

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Legislature looking at car title lenders (access required)

A lawyer representing several car title lenders says that only about 5 percent of borrowers who fall behind in repaying their loans lose their vehicles. A legislative panel studying the high-interest loans met for the first time last week. It ...

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Gloucester supervisors seeking $42K in fees (access required)

GLOUCESTER—Gloucester taxpayers could face another $42,000 in legal fees of four supervisors whom residents tried unsuccessfully to oust last year. Attorneys for the supervisors filed a request for the additional fees last week. The request brings the total cost of ...

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