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Author Archives: Dawn Chase

Four Judges Feel Scrutiny In Reelection Interviews (access required)

Most of the Virginia judges up for reelection in 2004 got through their legislative interviews last week with ease, after fielding questions such as, “Why do you want to keep being a judge?” But four judges were singled out for ...

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VSB: Firms On The Web Should Read Ethics Rules (access required)

As more law firms develop Web sites to lure clients, the Virginia State Bar has a suggestion: Before you launch your site, brush up on the ethics rules that govern lawyer advertising. A lot of lawyers don’t think of their ...

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Two Unusual Plaintiffs Win Verdicts For Defamation (access required)

Two plaintiffs who normally wouldn’t be in court won defamation verdicts from Virginia juries last month. One was a politician who challenged an advertisement run two days before an election, that falsely claimed the politician had voted for an unpopular ...

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Focus Groups (access required)

When Richmond lawyer John C. Shea went to a mediated settlement conference recently, he had a new tool with him. Shea had used a focus group to provide feedback on the case, and he had prepared a video showing the ...

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Reciprocal Officers Sued By Insurance Commissioner (access required)

Key officers of the Reciprocal of America and companies it did business with conspired to hide from insurance regulators the company’s fragile financial condition and engaged in a pattern of racketeering, a federal lawsuit filed in Richmond Nov. 12 alleges. ...

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Woman Gets $800,000 For Injury During Blood Donation (access required)

A Fairfax woman who suffered permanent nerve damage while donating blood to the American National Red Cross has been awarded $800,000 by a federal jury in Alexandria. The plaintiff’s case was significantly bolstered by the blood-drawing technician’s history of violating ...

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Albo: Lawyers Should Say Where IOLTA Money Goes (access required)

A Fairfax County lawyer-legislator unhappy with the Virginia State Bar for making a contribution to a nonprofit corporation out of its large reserve account will press for legislation that would allow Virginia lawyers to direct Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts ...

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Legal Ethics (access required)

Nobody wants to think about it, but lawyers need to use defensive strategies to protect themselves from the possibility a client could turn on them. John J. Brandt, a trial lawyer for over 40 years and the Virginia State Bar’s ...

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A Quick Primer On Websites For Attorneys (access required)

When a plaintiffs’ lawyer recently wanted to gather evidence of how prevalent asbestos used to be, he turned to an unusual source: eBay, the online auction giant. By going to www.ebay.com, he was able to purchase industrial manuals, magazine advertisements, ...

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VSB Transfers $600K From Bar's Reserve (access required)

WINTERGREEN – The Virginia State Bar Council has approved the transfer of $500,000 to the Clients’ Protection Fund and a contribution of $100,000 to Lawyers Helping Lawyers, as a mechanism for reducing its large reserve. The council also declined to ...

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