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Negligence – FELA – Discovery – Privilege Log (access required)

Although litigation was “reasonably foreseeable” after plaintiff, a railroad conductor, allegedly fell from a railcar when the grab iron he was holding broke, that does not mean defendant railroad can refuse to provide documents to plaintiff conductor, including its initial ...

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Lawyers communicating across generations (access required)

Good communication skills are essential for lawyers. But in a multi-generational, increasingly technological world, how should lawyers stay in touch with their clients, colleagues and opposing counsel? A recent study showed a generational gap in how different age groups prefer ...

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‘Ambien zombies’ pose road hazard and legal challenge

Courts are beginning to address questions from arising from crimes or traffic wrecks where the accused raises a defense of involuntary intoxication from sleep aid medication. Some Texas pranksters got big laughs a while back by hacking a roadside warning ...

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Tech massacre families establish foundation with settlement money (access required)

BLACKSBURG—The families of the victims and survivors of the April 2007 mass killings at Virginia Tech have created a nonprofit foundation The Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation Inc. will provide support to Tech families and survivors and reach out ...

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Car title loan legislation now limits interest rates (access required)

The days of unchecked interest rates on never-ending car title loans are coming to an end in Virginia. A new law took effect Oct. 1 that for the first time will regulate the lenders, limiting how much they can charge ...

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Law Foundation provides grant for fingerprinting CASA workers (access required)

The Virginia Law Foundation, the charitable arm of Virginia’s legal profession, recently awarded a $35,000 grant to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, the oversight agency for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs. The grant will enable Virginia’s 27 ...

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Rules committee seeks comment on ‘assignment of error’ provision (access required)

The advisory committee on Rules of Court for the Judicial Council of Virginia is seeking comment on a proposed change in the rule that relates to the State Corporation Commission. The change to Rule 5:21(a) is designed to bring it ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Sept. 22, a Virginia State Bar Fourth District-Section 1 Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to District of Columbia lawyer Daniele Eubanks Herndon for violating professional rules that govern knowingly making a false statement of material fact and ...

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