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Being drunk in driveway is DUI (access required)

A man found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes, parked in his private driveway, can be convicted of DUI, the Court of Appeals said today in the latest decision involving nuances of ignition position and vehicle location. In affirming a ...

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Builder Did Not Infringe Georgian Home Design (access required)

In plaintiff home designer/builder’s suit against a couple who allegedly built a home that infringed on plaintiff’s copyright for the “Bainbridge” home design, a Newport News U.S. District Court grants defendants’ renewed motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff alleges that, prior ...

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Lawyer charged in fatal crash

McLean lawyer Mark Sgarlata is charged with DUI and manslaughter after his car collided with a motorcycle, killing Ashburn couple Ricky and Leia Wrenn. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. on Sunday when Sgarlata turned left into a shopping center from ...

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Flex your brain, not just your fingers, judges say (access required)

A little less research, a lot more thinking. That’s the prescription judges offer rookie lawyers. Virginia state appellate judges and judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals offered feedback on the performance of newer lawyers in their courts ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Sept. 27, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license to practice law of Clive A. O’Leary of Fredericksburg for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, declining or terminating representation, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and misconduct. ...

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Janitor’s negligence led to slip & fall, plaintiff claims – $225,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff fell at work when she crossed over a floor surface that a janitor was stripping and waxing. The janitorial service was an outside contractor. Plaintiff claimed that she had been waved through by the janitor to leave the building, ...

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Jury finds for all three defendants in med-mal death action – Defense Verdict (access required)

This case involved a 54-year-old male who was overweight and diabetic and who had a family history of heart disease, who presented to the emergency room at Mary Washington Hospital with a history of chest pain and shortness of breath. ...

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