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The Best of 2005 (access required)

In surveying case law this year, Virginia Lawyers Weekly highlights decisions from Virginia’s circuit courts. Some of these cases made headlines, to be sure. But even if a decision is not featured on the front page, it will command attention. ...

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Doc's ?apology' kept out under new law (access required)

A physician’s private expression of regret to a personal acquaintance whose child allegedly suffered a brain injury after the physician recommended a drug cannot be used in a med-mal trial against the doctor’s practice group, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ...

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GDC docket good way to serve clients (access required)

Lawyers who appear regularly in Richmond-area general district courts are ready to share a secret. Practicing in general district court sounds a lot like the way old-timers describe practice in all the courts of the commonwealth. You give a little, ...

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When the client talks (access required)

ROANOKE – When he first began representing criminal defendants, Fairfax lawyer James G. Connell III always wondered, “Why do all my clients confess?” Sometimes, they’re not even guilty. Despite decades of TV-show warnings, suspects continue to talk to police. Some ...

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60 is ?reasonable' age for retirement (access required)

Sixty is an “objectively reasonable” age for a man to retire from his furniture business, and he can reduce his spousal support after his income has declined, a Loudoun County divorce judge has ruled. Although the Social Security Administra-tion keeps ...

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