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Allstate Settles SCC Investigation For $20K (access required)

Allstate Insurance Co. — long suspected by plaintiffs’ attorneys of bad faith practices in settlement of automobile cases — has paid $20,000 to the state and promised to refrain from unfair claim settlement practices. The settlement order with the State ...

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A Look Inside The Allstate Report (access required)

A Virginia Bureau of Insurance report on Allstate Insurance Co. offers new insights into what happened to personal injury claims when they left a lawyer’s office in 1998. The report alleged that Allstate — the nation’s second-largest property and casualty ...

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One Lawyer's Response To The MIST Program (access required)

Richmond lawyer Thomas W. Papa doesn’t know if it was his complaint that triggered the Virginia Bureau of Insurance’s investigation of how Allstate Insurance Co. was handling MIST claims. But he was glad to see the results. Last spring, frustrated ...

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Lawyer-Issued Subpoena Approved By Assembly (access required)

Beginning July 1, Virginia lawyers probably will be able to issue summonses in most civil cases from the comfort of their offices. The General Assembly has approved a year’s trial of attorney-issued summonses and subpoenas duces tecum, at the request ...

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Demand For Receivers To Increase, VSB Says (access required)

If you are a lawyer practicing in Virginia, there might be a receivership in your future. More law practices likely will go into receiverships as the population of the Virginia bar ages, the state’s bar counsel predicts. The consequences for ...

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Judge Lemons Tapped For The Supreme Court (access required)

Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Donald W. Lemons was elected to the Supreme Court of Virginia last Tuesday by the General Assembly. He will succeed Justice A. Christian Compton, who retired Feb. 2. Lemons, 51, has served on the appellate ...

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Reference Immunity Bill Passes Both Houses (access required)

The General Assembly has approved a bill that would grant employers immunity from civil suits over employee references, unless the employer was acting in bad faith. House Bill 1126 was sponsored by Del. Beverly J. Sherwood, R-Win-chester, at the request ...

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VSB Discipline: Firm Size Makes a Difference (access required)

A three-year statistical study of Virginia’s lawyer disciplinary process has found evidence that law-firm size makes a difference in the likelihood of receiving sanctions. The greater the number of attorneys in a practice, the lower the odds of being sanctioned, ...

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