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Last-minute bankruptcy filing will be more difficult (access required)

The last-minute filing of a bankruptcy petition to avoid a foreclosure or eviction will be much more difficult after a ruling by a bankruptcy judge in Norfolk. Judge Stephen C. St. John ruled earlier this month that the failure of ...

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W&L Law Professor Roger D. Groot dies at 63 (access required)

iMore than 20 years after Washington & Lee University law professor Roger D. Groot terrorized him as a first-year law student, Baltimore lawyer Peter Rosenwald keeps a bobble-head doll of Groot on his desk. The doll “star[es] at me daily, ...

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Right words in prenup can waive elective share (access required)

Precise language in a prenuptial agreement can waive the right of a spouse to an elective share of the other spouse’s augmented estate, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. Many trusts and estates specialists have drafted such agreements with ...

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Mere hand-rolled cigarette won't support probable cause (access required)

Cigarette wrapping papers next to a paper bag. A 35 mm film canister. And now a hand-rolled cigarette. All items that the training and experience of a police officer would lead him to expect the presence of drugs. But when ...

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Even though he didn't order tests, doc has no immunity (access required)

A sharply divided Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed itself on an issue it decided less than five months earlier and held that a physician did not have immunity from a medical malpractice claim based on a laboratory test that ...

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Botched face lift results in $1.4M jury verdict (access required)

At age 49, Sherry Vines began to get concerned about the crow’s feet around her eyes. So she went to Henrico County plastic surgeon Lewis T. Ladocsi, who suggested a brow-lift and mid-face lift, a $6,000 procedure that minimizes wrinkles ...

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Statewide criminal-law conference is formed (access required)

A group of prosecutors and defense attorneys have formed the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference in an effort to develop the criminal law much as the Boyd-Graves Conference has promoted reforms in the civil law. Robert L. Bushnell, commonwealth’s attorney in ...

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Assembly gets JIRC reports on 4 judges seeking reelection (access required)

Four judges up for reappointment next year may have some explaining to do before the General Assembly’s Courts of Justice committees. The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission has forwarded to the committees allegations of ethical misconduct that the commission decided ...

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SCC study finds med-mal claims and payments flat (access required)

An analysis by the State Corporation Commission does not suggest an acceleration of medical malpractice claims or rates, but an attorney who frequently represents physicians told a joint legislative subcommittee last week that he and his clients have a different ...

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Hassell: Questions about family court still remain (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. has told the Judicial Council that he is wrestling in his own mind about the proposal to create a family court for Virginia. He said he supports the concept of a family court. ...

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