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Trucking Expert Can Testify In Death Case (access required)

A trucker who accidentally backed his rig over another truck driver cannot, in the decedent’s wrongful death action, exclude an accident reconstructionist’s testimony on “proper backing up procedures,” a Charlottesville federal district judge has ruled. The accident reconstructionist’s projected testimony, ...

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Defendant's Statement On Gun Comes In (access required)

A defendant’s statement about a gun can come into evidence even though he had not been read his rights between the time a police officer handcuffed the defendant and before he frisked him, a Norfolk federal district judge has ruled. ...

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'Self – Executing' Pacts For Support Are OK (access required)

Divorcing couples in Virginia may devise their own “self-executing” agreements for child support, according to the en banc Virginia Court of Appeals. “Self-executing” agreements, which allow parents to scale back child support payments under certain circumstances, are a popular device ...

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Courts back use of pacts to arbitrate (access required)

Employees who claim a discriminatory discharge are finding fewer chances to go to court, as companies move to take advantage of recent cases forcing employees at all levels to arbitrate their job grievances. Two recent federal cases, one from the ...

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