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Pulling The Plug On On-Line Land Records? (access required)

Fairfax real estate lawyer Thomas F. Digges remembers the first night he had Internet access to the county’s land records. It was about 8 p.m., and he was in his office working on a closing. A question of title came ...

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VTLA, VADA And Doctors Craft Mediation Alternative (access required)

In what they call an “extraordinary joint effort,” Virginia’s leading associations of plaintiffs’ attorneys, defense attorneys and physicians have teamed up to offer a mediation alternative for resolving cases against doctors who were left uninsured for malpractice when Doctors Insurance ...

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Court Gives Guidance To GALs With Guidelines (access required)

Lawyers who serve as guardians ad litem for children will have more guidance — especially in child custody and visitation cases — from the Supreme Court of Virginia’s new GAL standards, which go into effect Sept. 1. To read the ...

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Assumption Of Risk Not Part Of Ski Resort Case (access required)

A ski resort where a skier was injured when she was hit by a chair lift is not entitled to a jury instruction on the assumption of risk doctrine, a Nelson County Circuit judge has ruled. The case is the ...

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Loudon Halts Online Land Records Access (access required)

Nine days after he launched online access to Loudoun County’s land records – a service much anticipated by real estate professionals in the area – the county’s circuit court clerk has pulled the plug at the request of the county ...

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ALPS Gains Business After Demise Of ANLIR (access required)

The demise of American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal has generated phenomenal business for the Virginia State Bar’s endorsed carrier of legal liability insurance. Attorneys Liability Protection Society-A Risk Retention Group has written over $4 million in new business since Jan. ...

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Warning On Ski Lift Ticket Sinks P.I. Suit (access required)

A snowboarder whose ear was torn off when he hit a fence at a ski resort has had his personal injury claim dismissed by a federal judge in Charlottesville. The judge cited two reasons for his ruling: The fence was ...

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Settlement Reached For Wreck That Killed Three (access required)

The estates of three people who were killed when a drunken truck driver with a history of DUI slammed into the car in which they were traveling have settled for $3 million. In pursuing the claims, lawyers representing the victims’ ...

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Promise Of Confidentiality By Reporter Is Not A Contract (access required)

A newspaper reporter’s promise of confidentiality does not give rise to an enforceable contract, a Roanoke judge has ruled in a case of first impression. The question arose in a lawsuit against the publisher of The Roanoke Times, filed by ...

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Judge Allows Use Of Audio Depositions (access required)

An audio recording of a deposition, recorded by counsel for one of the parties, may be played at trial, a Norfolk circuit judge has ruled. The lawyer who won the ruling says he plans to routinely use audio recordings in ...

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