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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Bias of medical expert an issue in traffic case – $600,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiffs – a husband and wife – were in their pickup truck, stopped in traffic on Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach, when they were rear-ended by the defendant’s car. The plaintiff wife was treated by chiropractor John Clayton of ...

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Maryland locality attempts to block Christian school – $3,250,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiffs purchased land in Anne Arundel County, Md., in 2002 with the purpose of building a permanent home for its previously existing Christian school: Arundel Bay Christian Academy (owned and operated by Riverdale Baptist Church). They were not allowed to ...

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AG would get new powers to look at nursing home abuse (access required)

A bill sailing through the General Assembly would expand the attorney general’s power to investigate nursing home abuse and neglect, even in cases where the patient does not receive government assistance. Currently under Virginia law, state investigators can subpoena only ...

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Cuccinelli opinion appears to help Capital One

Del. Bill Janis, R-Henrico, appears to be looking out for a constituent and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is helping him out. Janis asked Cuccinelli for an official opinion on whether credit card agreements governed by Virginia law are written contracts ...

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Court holds attorney could collect fees (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in an unpublished order that a trial judge erred in dismissing the effort of an Arlington attorney to collect his fees in one of two cases in which he represented a woman. In ...

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Hernandez prompts separate interview sessions for high court (access required)

A legislative session to interview candidates for a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia split – literally – over the court’s recent decision in Hernandez v. Commonwealth. That case held that judges can defer entering judgment in criminal cases ...

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Beware of phony checks at closing (access required)

Scammers continue to target lawyers in Virginia and elsewhere with schemes involving counterfeit checks. The latest warning comes from leaders of the real estate bar who warn of phony checks being offered for real estate closings. The attempts at real ...

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Mom Not Subject to ‘Fugitive Disentitlement’ Doctrine (access required)

A mother’s move with the parties’ daughter to Austria, in violation of a Michigan divorce decree, does not allow the Court of Appeals to apply the “fugitive disentitlement” doctrine to dismiss mother’s appeal. The 2003 Michigan divorce decree provided mother ...

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