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Employment Practices Liability Insurance (access required)

A new insurance product being offered to Virginia lawyers soon might join professional malpractice and general liability coverage as a must-have for law firms–employment practices liability insurance (EPLI). That’s the insurance that defends and sometimes pays damages for employers accused ...

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LOMAP hits new snag on its funding (access required)

MIDDLEBURG–Virginia’s on-again, off-again Law Office Management Assistance Program has hit another snag that could threaten its scheduled July 1, 1999, starting date. Gov. Jim Gilmore has directed state agencies to get approval from his administration before they start new programs ...

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EPLI comes to Virginia (access required)

Lawyers will be faced with a number of choices as Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) gains a foothold in Virginia. The following tips for purchasing the coverage were gleaned from an article in the October 1998 edition of “Law Office ...

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Fears continues fight to have CRESPA struck (access required)

Former state Sen. William E. Fears of Accomac is continuing his battle to have Virginia’s Consumer Real Estate Protection Act declared unconstitutional. Last year he filed an unsuccessful mandamus petition in the Supreme Court of Virginia; the court summarily dismissed ...

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PD-only capital cases would cost too much (access required)

Expanding Virginia’s public defender system to the point where it could take on all of the capital cases in the commonwealth would be too costly to be practical, a State Crime Commission workgroup has concluded. A more scaled-down option–creating a ...

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Dealing with the Press (access required)

On top of the usual complexities of preparing a case and going to court, a lawyer sometimes must face a wild card that adds more pressure to the job–press coverage. While some lawyers welcome the attention and feel they can ...

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New med-mal firm opens shop in three locations (access required)

The newly formed firm of Goodman, West & Filetti is entering its third month with an approach new for Virginia–a 14-lawyer medical malpractice defense firm which, thanks to modern technology, is operating from three locations. Computers and phones are up ...

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Preparing for Disaster (access required)

One day last winter, Richmond lawyer Rhetta Moore Daniel was working with a computer consultant in a street-front secretarial office on the corner of Robinson Street and Grove Avenue in the city’s Fan District. The two had been hunkered over ...

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