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Witness evaluation separates trial, appellate judges (access required)

In a few parting words, soon-to-be-retired Justice Lawrence Koontz of the Supreme Court of Virginia offered insights about appellate practice and his role in it at a recent meeting of the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court. As reported by ...

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High court can settle circuit split over nursing home arbitration (access required)

The fight over nursing home arbitration agreements, percolating through Virginia circuit courts for the last five years, has reached the Supreme Court of Virginia. A split in Virginia circuit courts usually gets the high court’s attention. Looking to his own ...

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Reverse mortgages: an elder law planning tool (access required)

Reverse mortgages have been a standard item in the toolbox for Fairfax elder law specialist Evan Farr. A reverse mortgage, which pays cash for an older person’s home equity, can allow her to stay where she most wants to be ...

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Fraud alleged in sale of Shelby Cobra prototype – Defense Verdict (access required)

Shelby American Inc. is a high-performance sports car manufacturer located in Las Vegas and the maker of Shelby Cobras and Shelby Mustangs. In 2006, its president, Amy Boylan, contracted with Richard J. Martin of Fauquier County to sell him one ...

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Medical, phone records tell tale after mom’s death (access required)

Maritess Lopez didn’t seem to be breathing normally when her brother-in-law picked her up after plastic surgery on her breasts and abdomen in July 2008. He asked a nurse about Lopez’s breathing. Not a problem, the nurse responded. “She’s still ...

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Policy limits reduce recovery from head, shoulder injuries – $289,217 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff’s vehicle was broadsided when the defendant ran a stop sign. Negotiation with Erie took awhile, and asset check and possibilities of other recovery were thorough. [10-T-142] Type of action: Personal injury Injuries alleged: Wrist fracture, cheek bone fracture, ...

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PACER vs. RECAP docket systems: Fee vs. free? (access required)

As many practicing attorneys quickly learn, access to a docket sheet is critical to researching a court case. Traditionally, lawyers acquired docket sheets from the relevant court by sending someone to make a copy at the courthouse, or calling the ...

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Include long-term care in retirement plans (access required)

Current estimates from American Association of Retired Persons put the annual cost of a private nursing home room at a national average of $78,000. As older Americans are still struggling to reassemble their retirement plans from the worst economic downturn ...

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