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EMFs: Will growing area be next asbestos? (access required)

As public concern over the dangers of electromagnetic fields grows, lawyers may find themselves involved in the controversy–by taking cases to court. In the next few years, many lawyers will be involved in EMF litigation, which will develop along several ...

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Breaking away: starting your own shop (access required)

You’re staring out the window, thinking about the big verdict you won last week. You won’t get the proceeds–just your regular paycheck. You think of the Jaguar your supervising partner drives, and of your seven-year-old Chevy. Last week, you wanted ...

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Bicyclist hit by bus nets $5.5M (access required)

A bicyclist injured when he was struck by a city bus has obtained a $5.5 million jury award in Richmond Circuit Court. The 33-year-old man sustained a crushed pelvis when he was thrown from his bike and fell under a ...

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A tale of two cities: Law practice in Bristol, Va.-Tenn. (access required)

Bristol is a city divided. Divided not only by a state line, but also by two city governments, two police departments, two fire departments, two high schools…and two justice systems. City residents seem not to heed the line. They shuttle ...

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Stone moves from court to campus in Shenandoah Valley (access required)

Twenty-four years ago, as a new lawyer, Phillip C. Stone was sworn in at Harrisonburg Circuit Court. Last month, he went back to the court to say farewell. He began his practice at the court, he said. He thought he ...

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Mall worker gains $360K in premises liability claim (access required)

A sales clerk abducted from a Northern Virginia shopping mall has obtained a $360,000 settlement from the mall owners and operator. The woman was robbed at gunpoint as she was preparing the night deposit 30 minutes after the mall closed. ...

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Circus counsel: Not just clowning around (access required)

When Julie Alexa Strauss decided to leave her job at a large Washington, D.C., law firm, she answered a blind ad for a corporate counsel position. She later received a phone message she thought might be related to the ad. ...

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Solo practitioner maintains international practice (access required)

When Stephen M. Creskoff was in law school, he thought he would be a local lawyer handling local litigation. Now, he specializes in customs, international trade, foreign claims and trade association representation. But he does not practice in a large ...

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Treetop electrocution yields $3.5M in Stafford (access required)

A child electrocuted when he climbed a tree that touched a power line has obtained a $3.5 million jury verdict. The plaintiff sustained extensive burns and scarring, and one of his arms was amputated at the shoulder, according to the ...

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Practice Tip: Composing your closing argument (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG–Your closing argument should not be a stand-alone grand finale to the trial. Instead, you should write your closing argument in the context of the trial, said Mary Lynn Tate of Abingdon. Tate spoke April 8 at the Virginia Trial ...

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