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Damages For Bad Faith Could Be Increased (access required)

A bill that would increase damages paid by insurance companies on bad faith claims awaits the General Assembly when it convenes Wednesday. Rep. Terry G. Kilgore, R-Gate City, has proposed that Virginia stop differentiating between claims of $2,500 or less ...

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Montgomery Conducts Court-Appointed Survey (access required)

Recent allegations that court-appointed lawyers in Montgomery County weren’t doing a good job were a real kick in the pants for the small bar there. The allegations – made by the NAACP and members of an ecumenical church alliance that ...

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Nationwide Settles Case Alleging Fraud (access required)

Nationwide Insurance Co. of America has paid $50,000 in punitive damages after a federal magistrate judge allowed a fraud action to proceed against the insurer for the way it handled a Chesapeake woman’s underinsured motorist claim. In the case, the ...

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VBA Backs MDP Panel's Draft Report (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association’s Executive Committee has “strongly supported” the approach taken in a draft document that sets out standards for lawyers who practice with nonlawyers. At the same time, the VBA has suggested that the pioneering concept of multidiscipinary ...

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Prince William Bar Taking Pro Bono Divorces (access required)

The Prince William Bar Association has begun offering free representation to poor people seeking uncontested divorces. About 20 volunteers recently went through continuing legal education training for the project, and agreed to take at least two cases each per year. ...

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New Delegate Used FOIA As An Issue (access required)

Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Tom Gear of Hampton had one of those defining moments recently. He took on City Hall, literally, and ended up … Hold on. Let’s tell the story from the beginning, ...

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A.G.-Elect: Prosecutors Should Share Crime Info (access required)

Commonwealth’s attorneys should be subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act — meaning that criminal defense lawyers would have minimal criminal incident information within five days of a request. Circuit judges should not be appointing general district judges and ...

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Attorneys' Discipline Records Now Searchable (access required)

Clients, opposing counsel and the merely curious now can more efficiently look up a lawyer’s public disciplinary record online, thanks to new searchable database provided by the Virginia State Bar. Visitors to www.vsb.org/attorney/ attSearch.asp can plug in a lawyer’s name ...

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Policemen net p.i. wins for injuries on the job (access required)

Two Charlottesville-area police officers have scored wins in lawsuits arising from injuries they sustained on the job in separate incidents. One case required the plaintiff to walk a narrow legal line: He needed to prove the defendant’s actions were “willful ...

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