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Ethics opinions for judges proposed (access required)

Virginia judges would have a new source for ethical advice under a proposal sent last week to all Virginia judges by the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission. The commission, the disciplinary body for Virginia judges, has recommended that the Supreme ...

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High court postpones UPL 183 (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has entered an order delaying the effective date of UPL 183 from Jan. 1, 1999, to July 1, 1999. The controversial opinion, which provides that the handling of a real estate closing is the unauthorized ...

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The Best of 1998: Top Legal Stories (access required)

EMPLOYMENT LAW Employment law, which was strong in 1997, continued to dominate Lawyers Weekly’s Most Popular Opinions for 1998. The list appears on the opposite page. At the top, our hottest seller for this past year was a case in ...

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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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