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Jury Awards Girl $2M For Lead-Paint Injuries (access required)

A Portsmouth jury has awarded $2 million to a girl who was exposed to lead paint at the apartment where she lived, in what is apparently the first lead-poisoning verdict ever in Virginia. In addition to setting a record, the ...

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ALPS Gets Expected Downgrade From S&P (access required)

Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Attorneys Liability Protection Society’s rating a notch in response to the company’s recent shoring up of reserves to support a higher-than-expected claims experience in some states, but not Virginia. In addition to taking money from ...

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High Court: Case Stayed Involving Reciprocal (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted a 90-day stay of an appeal of a medical malpractice suit in which the defendant doctor was insured by Doctors Insurance Reciprocal. The court moved the deadline for the appellee to respond to ...

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Bobzien gets VSB post (access required)

David P. Bobzien, the county attorney for Fairfax, will be the next president-elect of the Virginia State Bar. He will succeed Jeannie P. Dahnk as president, and serve for the 2004-2005 term. Bobzien will be the first local government attorney ...

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Rules have changed on medical record requests (access required)

[NOTE: This is a corrected version of a story that ran in the print edition of Virginia Lawyers Weekly.] Attention personal-injury lawyers: The rules for subpoenaing medical records have changed, effective immediately. Under emergency legislation just signed into law by ...

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Johnston, Hoover Give Real-Life Stand-Up Routine (access required)

HOT SPRINGS—No CLE credits were awarded at the March 28 luncheon of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Criminal Law Section, but none of the lawyers and judges in attendance seemed to mind. The topic was “I Can’t Believe My Client ...

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Class-Action Suit Filed For The Insureds Of ANLIR (access required)

A Tennessee lawyer has filed a class action suit on behalf of an estimated 14,000 attorneys who bought their legal malpractice insurance from American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal. The suit, filed in federal court in Memphis, Tenn., alleges that ANLIR ...

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Chief Justice Gives Tips On Appellate Practice (access required)

HOT SPRINGS — It was a homecoming of sorts when Virginia’s new chief justice, Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., spoke to members of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association at the group’s annual convention at The Homestead on March 29. Introduced as ...

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Study: Chief Magistrates Should Be Attorneys (access required)

A Supreme Court of Virginia committee has recommended that the state’s magistrate system be overhauled to include a requirement that the chief magistrates in each of the 32 judicial districts be attorneys. The Magistrate Study Advisory Committee also recommended reorganizing ...

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Tennessee Receivers Ask SCC To Stay Cases (access required)

Receivers for American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal and two other Tennessee-based risk-retention groups have asked Virginia’s State Corporation Commission to help them obtain stays of Virginia cases against their policyholders. The request — a separate proceeding from Tennessee’s ongoing effort ...

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