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Settlement agent liable for not disclosing defect (access required)

A non-attorney title examiner and settlement agent has been held liable for failure to disclose a deed reference to flooding in a case of apparent first impression. The case was tried in Frederick County last August. The jury’s award of ...

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Petersburg attorney publishes account of murder trial (access required)

Petersburg attorney Richard L. Jones had a story to tell. And he told it last year when his book “The Muir-Epes Murder of 1846” was published. The book tells the story of William Dandridge Epes, an accomplished violinist, prominent citizen ...

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Head injury from explosion settles for $950K in Roanoke (access required)

A head injury victim hurt in an explosion at a paper plant has obtained a $950,000 settlement. The plaintiff was injured when a plastic coating machine exploded and a part struck him, according to the Trial Report submitted in the ...

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UPL violations set record this year (access required)

Unauthorized practice of law cases reported to the Virginia State Bar have hit a record high this year, and those engaging in the unauthorized practice of law are receiving stronger penalties. Since July 1 of last year, the Unauthorized Practice ...

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In flight: Lawyer pursues practice by plane (access required)

On occasion, Norfolk attorney Joseph A. Gawrys has his head in the clouds. Those occasions are when he climbs into his plane and shoots up into the sky, headed to an appointment with a client or a meeting of the ...

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Expert status increases admissibility of opinions (access required)

Experts may be in greater demand following a change in the law made last year. In a nutshell, the admissibility requirements for expert opinion have been opened up. Before, expert testimony needed to be “necessary.” Now, judges should admit evidence ...

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Bill would cut judges' credits for retirement (access required)

Two bills now working their way through the legislature, if passed, would reduce state judges’ retirement benefits. Judges now receive three and one-half years retirement credit for each year they serve on the bench. One proposed bill, Senate Bill 2, ...

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Power line burns net $1.63M in Buchanan (access required)

A carpenter’s helper who was burned severely by power lines while working on a rooftop has reached a $1.63 million structured settlement with the owner of the lines. The 22-year-old man suffered third-degree burns on half of his body and ...

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Project to donate law books to Estonia, Poland (access required)

If you’re wondering what to do with those extra law books you don’t use anymore, you may want to send them on a trip overseas. In June, members of the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar will conduct ...

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The Legal Marketplace: TQM – A credo for putting clients first (access required)

Last month, two Richmond law firms completed their one-year obligation to a pilot project on “Total Quality Management,” a philosophy which runs contrary to the traditional methods of practicing law, some of which may have angered clients. The old practice-of-law ...

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