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Author Archives: Dawn Chase and Paul Fletcher

Judge Agee Is Elected To High Court (access required)

Virginia Court of Appeals Judge G. Steven Agee was elected last Tuesday to the Supreme Court of Virginia by the General Assembly. He will take the seat being vacated by Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico, who will retire Jan. 31. ...

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Lange, Harris To Return To Previous Positions (access required)

Two well-known figures in the Virginia legal community — both of whom left long-term jobs last year to take on new challenges — will be returning to those previous positions. Donna DiServio Lange, who served eight years with the American ...

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A Sailor From Danville Returns To The Wisconsin After 48 Years (access required)

On Board the USSWisconsin – Almost 50 years after his midshipman’s training, Danville lawyer Earle Garrett Jr. again stood on the deck of the USS Wisconsin, moored at Norfolk’s Nauticus museum. It was the first time Garrett had boarded the ...

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Assembly Puts A Crimp On The Right To Take Nonsuit (access required)

A plaintiff’s right to one nonsuit is sancrosanct in Virginia law. But now there are strings attached: The General Assembly has passed a bill that would allow a court to assess witness fees and costs when a party nonsuits within ...

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Trends 2001 (access required)

It’s 2001, but no one appears to be going on a space odyssey any time soon. HAL the menacing computer is just one of those pop cult icons who mercifully can stay in pop cult. Much like the feeling when ...

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Employees Breached Duty To Company, Must Pay (access required)

Employees of an Alexandria accounting firm breached their fiduciary duty to their employer when they made plans to work for a competitor, and the employees must pay at least $3.3 million in damages, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. ...

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The High-Low Agreement (access required)

You’ve got a case that could be a big winner. Damages are high. But establishing liability is iffy. Your client is nervous about paying all the doctors and the costs of the trial. It may be time for a high-low ...

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Discharge Claim Can Be Based On Criminal Law (access required)

A woman who claims she was fired for refusing sex with her boss can sue for wrongful discharge based on Virginia statutes that prohibit fornication and “lewd and lascivious” behavior, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled, 4-3. Even though ...

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How is Technology Changing Law Practice? (access required)

Technological change is presenting new challenges to lawyers almost daily. From electronic filing of land records and lawsuits to setting standards for admitting electronic communications as evidence, technology is posing new questions in the law office and the courthouse. To ...

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Lee County: Where 15 lawyers practice the fine art of getting along (access required)

Jonesville lawyer H. Ronnie Montgomery passes out a business card that has a map showing the location of Lee County. The county is at the western-most tip of the state, where Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky touch corners. The card draws ...

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