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Carrier must give defense to bar after drunk man hurt woman (access required)

A bar may have insurance coverage in a case stemming from personal injuries caused by a drunken motorcyclist, despite a liquor liability exclusion and the absence of a dram shop law in Virginia. Joshua Bristol lost control of his motorcycle ...

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C'ville jury returns $4.5M verdict in cop shooting case (access required)

Frederick Gray was on the floor of a darkened apartment and ready to surrender to four Albemarle County police officers when one of the policemen began striking him with a baton. The blows caused the 26-year-old Gray “to jump up ...

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Judge must rule on D&O insurer's claim (access required)

The directors and officers of the defunct Reciprocal of America have asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to grant en banc review of a ruling that requires a district judge to rule on the D&O insurer’s claim that ...

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High court reaffirms rule that mom, baby both have claims (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected a challenge to its 1990 ruling that both the mother and a child who is born alive may have medical malpractice claims. Dr. Robert L. Castle admitted liability and agreed to pay $1.6 ...

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Questions raised by missing estate money (access required)

Accountings for the estate of Florence C. Williams by executor Harvey Latney Jr. were past due, so Richmond Commissioner of Accounts Richard C. Manson Jr. began writing letters and calling Latney. After more than a year of such efforts, including ...

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Fauquier judge recognizes tort of sexual battery (access required)

A Fauquier County judge has recognized aggravated sexual battery as an independent civil cause of action. Circuit Judge Jeffrey W. Parker apparently is the first Virginia judge to do so. In a Nov. 8 opinion, he cited a 1997 federal ...

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P.I. lawyers share ideas for marketing success (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG—John C. Shea and Douglas A. Barry are in personal injury firms that spend a lot of money on advertising, especially television advertising. They endorse all forms of marketing, but they believe most in getting clients the old-fashioned way—through referrals. ...

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Convictions are reversed in five different cases (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed the voluntary manslaughter conviction of an off-duty Drug Enforcement Administration agent who shot and killed a man outside a Roanoke restaurant in February 2002. The high court also reversed on Nov. 3 criminal ...

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High court: Defamation claims can go forward (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reinstated two defamation cases with unlikely plaintiffs: a personal injury lawyer and a sex offender. The court ruled that Richmond lawyer Jay Tronfeld could proceed with his suit alleging that an adjuster for Nationwide ...

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VSB backs assessment for Clients' Protection Fund (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG—The Virginia State Bar Council has endorsed a proposal to finance the Clients’ Protection Fund with a special assessment of up to $25 annually rather than with an appropriation from bar dues. The proposal grew out of a conversation by ...

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