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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Long-distance health care now covered by insurance (access required)

Legislation to mandate insurance coverage for telemedicine services in Virginia won unanimous approval in the 2010 General Assembly. Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law the measure that bars private health insurers from excluding coverage for long-distance health care. The legislation ...

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No give-back for $3M ED award

A husband who voluntarily paid a $3 million equitable distribution award and $72,000 of wife’s attorney’s fees has forfeited his right to challenge the court-ordered payments on appeal, the Court of Appeals said yesterday. But the husband got a consolation ...

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Judge upholds zero-damage award in airport noise case

Over protests from homeowners, Chesapeake Circuit Judge Randall D. Smith has validated a jury’s determination that the owners were not entitled to any damages as a result of airport noise. A jury found no evidence of damage to the value ...

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High court takes up rail terminal case

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear Montgomery County’s appeal of a circuit court decision allowing public funding for a Norfolk Southern rail yard project. County supervisors are fighting the proposed freight yard near Elliston by attacking the ...

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Former lawyer sentenced to 15 months for tax fraud

A former Arizona lawyer who tried to claim his 51-acre Virginia property as his law office has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Kevin Witasick was found guilty on a variety of tax charges in February 2009. He was ...

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Marina Liacouras Phillips named to DEQ Offshore Wind Regulatory Advisory Panel

Marina Liacouras Philips, a partner in the Norfolk office of Kaufman & Canoles, was recently appointed to the Department of Environmental Quality’s Offshore Wind Regulatory Advisory Panel. Phillips practices in the areas of environmental law, real estate, and mergers and ...

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Wills & Trusts – No-Contest Provision – Stepson Executors – Widow’s Lawsuits (access required)

A widow’s 12-count bill of complaint filed in 2002 and her 2004 motion for judgment alleging conversion and seeking $2.1 million from her husband’s estate, challenging what she called the “will from hell,” triggered the will’s no-contest provision, and a ...

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Contract – Stock Redemption – Subordination Agreement – Fraud (access required)

A former executive with Arrowpoint, a Virginia IT government contractor, can sue Arrowpoint, a related company Arrowpoint International and Arrowpoint’s president and CEO Chrystle Small for fraud arising from the exec’s agreement to sell his interest in Arrowpoint back to ...

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Criminal – Expungement – Standard of Proof – Job Search (access required)

Although the standard of proof is a little murky, a man’s suspicion that he wasn’t being hired because he had been arrested – but acquitted – of attempted malicious wounding of an officer is not a “manifest injustice” that requires ...

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