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Author Archives: Chris Gatewood

To manage risks of employee blogging, set a clear policy (access required)

Blogging in its current form has been around since at least the late 1990s, including millions of blogs written by millions of people in their spare time. Even personal blogs often include information about the writers’ work. Their employers, however, ...

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Insurance coverage disputes: Winning the case within the case (access required)

A client says, “We think we might get sued on this one, so we’re going to call our insurance agent to find out about coverage.” This coverage question often becomes the case within the case — the insurance coverage dispute. ...

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Falwell, Flynt reunite, discuss 1st Amendment (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE–Fifteen years after sex magazine merchant Larry Flynt published a parody advertisement aimed at evangelist Jerry Falwell, the ideological extremists seemed like old friends as they appeared on a Virginia stage to discuss the impact of the long legal battle ...

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$6.2 million p.i. verdict against ski resort set aside (access required)

An Albemarle County judge set aside a $6.2 million verdict against a Virginia ski resort on Aug. 11, finding no evidence for the jury’s decision that the resort was responsible for the plaintiff’s 1992 injuries. A jury returned the verdict ...

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Courtroom Bloopers (access required)

It was a hot summer day in the courthouse in Staunton. Cal Thomas sat at the counsel table in his light blue suit, waiting as the other side gave its closing argument. As he sat, he drank from a glass ...

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New Roanoke firm mixes experience, technology (access required)

Three Roanoke lawyers have departed one of the largest firms in town to set up their own practice, one which they have designed to use technology for better efficiency in managing cases and costs. Linda Davis Frith, Phillip V. Anderson ...

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'Voluntary' Sentencing Rules Now The Standard (access required)

Since they were enacted two and a half years ago, Virginia’s “voluntary” criminal sentencing guidelines have become standard operating procedure for the commonwealth’s Circuit judges. Judges have sentenced defendants within the guidelines 75 percent of the time, according to the ...

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When sentencing, some judges do it their way (access required)

Though most of Virginia’s criminal sentences fall within the truth in sentencing guidelines, several circuits’ judges have shown a tendency to make their own way when it is time to mete out punishment. Statewide, 75 percent of felony sentences comply ...

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Trial Report Plus: NN Jury tags lawyer for lost punitives claim (access required)

A Smithfield woman whose attorney let the statute of limitations run on her claim of punitive damages against a car dealership won a jury verdict of $175,000 against the lawyer. The jury found that the woman had a valid claim ...

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Lending A Helping Hand (access required)

After furnishing years of answers in law school and for the bar exam, a young lawyer’s first cases generate entirely new sets of questions–about practical management issues, local protocol, keeping a client informed of the habits of certain judges, and ...

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