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Brakes are put on vicarious liability (access required)

A male physician who allegedly groped a female patient was not acting in the scope of his employment, and his employer cannot be held liable, an Abingdon federal judge has ruled. The physician worked for a federally funded health clinic, ...

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Scenes from the Boyd-Graves Conference (access required)

TYSONS CORNER– The Boyd-Graves Conference, a gathering of lawyers, law professors, judges and legislators, held its annual meeting here Nov. 13-14. *** LIKE WATER DRIPPING ON STONE. That’s how Winchester lawyer Tom Monahan described the work of the Boyd-Graves Conference. ...

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Buyers win for faulty termite inspection (access required)

Homeowners can recover damages from a termite inspector who did not clearly specify which areas of the home were “inaccessible” during his pre-sale inspection of the property, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The inspector’s report stated generally that ...

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Jurisdiction is based on site of BBS (access required)

A Virginia coach cannot sue a Florida family in a Virginia court for their son’s alleged libeling of the coach on a computer bulletin board, an Alexandria federal district judge has ruled. The Virginia federal court had no personal jurisdiction ...

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Substitute Judges (access required)

Looking for a part-time job that lets you get into court on a regular basis? Consider serving as a substitute judge in the district courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, including traffic, juvenile and domestic relations, and general district courts. ...

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