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New RESPA reg may slow real estate recovery (access required)

New federal regulations designed to protect homebuyers from nasty surprises at loan closing time could slow the recovery of the real estate market, some industry insiders say. The regulations require early disclosure of expected loan costs for residential mortgages, with ...

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Insurance coverage keys settlement in death case – $2,662,654 Settlement (access required)

On Dec. 4, 2005, plaintiff’s decedent, a 73-year-old retired woman, was a passenger in a Chevrolet automobile hauling a camper headed northbound on Interstate 81 near Roanoke, en route to New York. A Freightliner tractor, operated by the defendant and ...

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Tenant falls in drainage pipe in apartment complex yard – Defense Verdict (access required)

A 34-year-old female slipped into an exposed 6-inch drainage pipe located in a grassy common area of an apartment complex. Plaintiff had been a tenant of the specific apartment for over one year and a tenant of the apartment complex ...

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Tractor-trailer rear-ends RV on Indiana interstate – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, an 11-year-old girl, was a passenger in a recreational vehicle traveling on an Interstate highway in Indiana, when her father stopped in traffic at a construction zone. Other vehicles stopped behind them. A Roadway Express tractor, hauling twin trailers ...

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Collision on GW Parkway results in diskectomy – $250,000 Verdict (access required)

Defendant rear-ended plaintiff on a northbound exit ramp from the 14th Street Bridge to the George Washington Parkway in Arlington. The impact caused little damage to plaintiff’s car, but she began experiencing neck pain within two hours of the collision. ...

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Bruce Smith ‘takes ownership’ of drunken driving mistake (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—Former NFL star Bruce Smith has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Virginia. Smith was fined $1,000 and given a 90-day suspended sentence Thursday in a plea agreement with Virginia Beach prosecutors, who dropped charges of speeding and refusal ...

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Study suggests glut of hotels may result from Ft. Lee growth (access required)

PETERSBURG—An analysis of Fort Lee’s expansion and its impact on the lodging business in the Petersburg area concludes a glut of planned hotels could harm the existing hotel industry. The independent analysis released Wednesday notes that 14 hotels totaling 1,123 ...

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