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Testimony of breath test giver not needed (access required)

The Confrontation Clause of the U.S. Constitution does not require the person who administered a breath test to testify in a drunken driving case, a divided panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled last week. The case, Luginbyhl v. ...

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Judge: Man not child's father, despite lab's call of 99.99% (access required)

Fairfax family law specialists Glenn C. Lewis and Doug Levy were skeptical when Andre Chreky insisted that he was not the father of Adele Doudaklian’s son. A DNA test from Laboratory Corp. of America, better known as LabCorp, concluded, “The ...

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Edmonds to lead bar executives (access required)

Thomas A. Edmonds works for the Virginia State Bar Council and supervises the office of State Bar Counsel. The homonyms create confusion for bar outsiders, and sometimes for insiders as well, but the distinction is very clear in Edmonds’ mind ...

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Woman wins $1.5M from plastic surgeon (access required)

Attorneys for a Salem plastic surgeon acknowledged that the breast reduction surgery for Ann Shorter went terribly wrong. So wrong that she went from “a 46DD to a flat chest” and required breast reconstruction surgery, said Russell W. Updike, the ...

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Refinancing didn't transmute husband's separate property (access required)

Refinancing a house does not necessarily preclude tracing separate property or result in an independent transmutation of separate property into marital property, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled last week in what it said appears to be a matter of ...

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Fairfax judge: DUI law unconstitutional (access required)

Corinne Magee didn’t enter the courtroom of Fairfax County General District Judge Ian M. O’Flaherty with a lot of hope for her drunken driving defendant. The legal argument she was relying on was based on a 20-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ...

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$1.8M Fairfax jury verdict is set aside (access required)

A Fairfax County Circuit judge has set aside a $1.8 million verdict in a mild traumatic brain injury case after concluding that the plaintiff had failed to show that the woman responsible for a car wreck was acting in the ...

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Grandfather and dad spar over custody of 7-year-old (access required)

A trial judge did not have to find a father was an unfit parent to award joint custody of the father’s daughter to her maternal grandfather, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled last week. But a unanimous panel agreed that ...

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Audio record needed for abuse finding (access required)

The failure of a child protective services investigator to audiotape a 14-year-old girl’s allegation of sexual abuse could not be dismissed as “mere harmless error,” a divided panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled last week. Chesterfield County Circuit ...

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Trucker's foot injury nets $2.5M (access required)

A focus group helped Richmond personal injury lawyer John C. Shea develop a winning theme for both liability and damages in the case of a woman trucker whose foot was injured badly in a truck stop accident. A federal jury ...

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