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ANLIR: Steps Being Taken To Improve A.M. Best Rating (access required)

Officials at the American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal, the commonwealth’s largest legal malpractice insurer, say that despite a drop in their A.M. Best financial-strength rating last month, the company is strong and profitable. The drop from a rating of A-, ...

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YMCA Was Not Entitled To Charitable Immunity (access required)

A YMCA branch was not entitled to charitable immunity in a slip-and-fall case brought by a Y member who banged his head on a slick basketball court, a Chesapeake circuit judge ruled. The reason: The Y effectively competes with private ...

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Continued Employment Won't Back Noncompete (access required)

Staying on the job after signing a noncompete agreement will not allow an employer to enforce the noncompete, an Alexandria federal district judge has ruled. Continued employment at the same job did not provide adequate consideration for a contract, the ...

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When Lawyers Are Embezzlement Victims (access required)

The subject of staff embezzlement is awkward for lawyers. It’s embarrassing. And it’s something that almost no lawyer likes to discuss publicly. “It’s really a crime that dares not speak its name,” said Norfolk attorney Lowell A. Stanley, whose former ...

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New VTLA Chief Targets Criminal Law Bar (access required)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — When you say “Virginia Trial Lawyers Association,” most lawyers think of personal-injury lawyers. Irvin V. Cantor aims to change that. Cantor, who became VTLA president at the group’s recent meeting at The Greenbrier, said that ...

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Tips On Avoiding Staff Embezzlement (access required)

Attorneys and experts interviewed by Virginia Lawyers Weekly offered several tips on heading off embezzlement by law-firm staff. As a general matter, the consensus is that vigilance is critical. Controls on check-writing Start with the basics — checks written on ...

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Judges Are 'Concerned' Over Lab Choice Issue (access required)

A Henrico County general district judge has rebuffed a challenge to DUI charge, based on an argument that the defendant had no “choice” of labs as required by statute. The DUI statutes require the commonwealth to give a defendant a ...

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Hurt Patient Gets $1.5M Award Against Nursing Home (access required)

A Prince William County jury last Tuesday awarded $1.5 million to an Alzheimer’s patient who fractured her hip in a Northern Virginia nursing home. The key to the verdict: The testimony of the facility’s former head nurse that an aide ...

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Distress Damages Paid In Fire Insurance Case (access required)

The lawyer for a Richmond homeowner has negotiated a settlement worth $13,000 more than her fire insurance policy’s limits. His argument was based on what he called a “little-known” and “overlooked” principle of Virginia contract law: The insurance company’s breach ...

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Plaintiff Can Bring Back Defendant After Nonsuit (access required)

Where a plaintiff never made service on a previously nonsuited defendant, he can bring that defendant back into a case five months later with an amended motion for judgment, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The defendant argued that service, ...

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