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Auto buyer must arbitrate her claim (access required)

An unhappy car buyer cannot bail on arbitration with a dealer by seeking sanctuary in a major federal consumer protection statute. In Aston v. Nissan N.A. Inc. (VLW 006-8-211), a Chesapeake circuit judge refused to follow a 2002 decision by ...

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To the bench and beyond (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG – Anniversaries often prompt a look back. Instead of poring over old photos, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association invited three female judges to share their perspective on “Women Moving Forward in the Law” as part of the VWAA’s 25th ...

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McDonnell, Humphreys tout paralegals (access required)

Paralegals in Virginia don’t need a press agent to make the case for their value to the legal community. Not when they have high-profile public servants like the Attorney General of Virginia, not to mention a member of the Virginia ...

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No immunity for sponge count claim (access required)

A teaching hospital’s surgical nurses and technicians can be sued for leaving a sponge in a patient’s abdomen. Although a teaching hospital has an educational mission that may protect the hospital and some medical personnel from suit, correctly counting sponges ...

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