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Stucco Settlement May Have Roots In Norfolk (access required)

A Norfolk circuit judge’s ruling in a synthetic-stucco case may have played a role in a nationwide settlement offer extended to homeowners by a stucco manufacturer. In April 2002, Dryvit Systems Inc., a Rhode Island manufacturer of synthetic stucco, announced ...

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Bar Groups Seeking A Pact On Expert Bias (access required)

Representatives of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys are discussing a possible gentleman’s agreement on litigators’ efforts to show the financial bias of expert witnesses. Although officers from both groups stress that any pact ...

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Fired Woman Can Seek Damages For Distress (access required)

A fired French horn player may seek damages for emotional distress in her breach-of-employment-contract claim against the Roanoke Symphony, a circuit judge has ruled. The judge found that the plaintiff could use a test set out in the Restatement (Second) ...

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Sentencing 'Tool' Pilot Plan Goes Statewide (access required)

Following five years of testing in six circuits, lawyers and judges throughout the state are using a new “risk-assessment tool” in the sentencing phase of certain nonviolent offenders. The tool is a one-page checklist that assigns values to certain risk-assessment ...

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Burned Man, State Settle Suit For $400K (access required)

The father of a retarded man severely burned by a clothes iron at a state mental-health facility has settled his lawsuit against the state for close to $400,000. But before the plaintiff could secure the settlement, though, he had to ...

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Memo Criticizing CEO Was Not Defamatory (access required)

An investment firm’s criticism of a fired chief executive officer in a memo circulated to other companies was not defamatory, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. Distributed in an effort to raise new capital, the memo said that the ...

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Hiring, Salaries Stay Steady, Survey Says (access required)

In spite of a sluggish economy, the state’s largest law firms are hiring and paying new associates at about the same rate as last year, according to Virginia Lawyers Weekly‘s 15th Annual New Associates’ Salary Survey. Recruiters at firms throughout ...

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