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Enormous Trust Modified To Benefit Heirs (access required)

In the mid 1980s, Norfolk attorney Robert C. Nusbaum routinely worked on real-estate matters with a local agent. After collecting her commission at a closing, the woman, who was then in her mid-60s, casually asked Nusbaum to take a look ...

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Jurisdiction Is Key In DUI 'Possession' Case (access required)

A one-page, unsigned order from the Court of Appeals of Virginia has created a stir in the criminal defense bar. Issued Jan. 22, the order reversed a circuit-court conviction of a 20-year-old Blacksburg student convicted of underage possession of alcohol ...

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VTLA Counsels Members On New High Court Case (access required)

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association will be watching the impact of a new U.S. Supreme Court case interpreting ERISA. And the VTLA has formed one of its special ad hoc committees to keep track of the issue. The group previously ...

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Richmond Scam Victims Receive $8.57M Award (access required)

A wrathful Richmond jury hit a group of local religious figures with an $8.57 million verdict for defrauding investors in an elaborate Ponzi scheme. VERDICT REPORT Drawing on their links to area churches, the group touted an “investment debenture program” ...

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Small Firm, Big Verdict (access required)

Two lawyers from a small Richmond firm last month won an $8.57 million verdict for a group of plaintiffs bilked by an elaborate Ponzi scheme conducted by leaders at their church. Small firms can’t afford to take big, complex cases, ...

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When Green Doesn't Mean Go: Boy Awarded $1.73M (access required)

A Chesterfield County jury has awarded $1.73 million to a young boy injured in a car wreck. The boy, 3, was severely injured when defendant Carol T. Butler struck the car in which he was a passenger in a busy ...

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Synthetic Stucco Brand Is Inherently 'Defective' (access required)

The manufacturer and distributor of a widely used brand of synthetic stucco must pay $2.5 million to a homebuilder because the stucco is defective even when properly installed, a Norfolk circuit judge has ruled. The defendants, a Rhode Island stucco ...

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VSB Seeks Input On New Advertising Rule (access required)

The Virginia State Bar wants your opinion: Should the state prohibit advertising by Virginia attorneys that refers to specific case results? As drafted by the bar’s 12-member advertising committee, the amendment to Rule 7.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct ...

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UM and UIM coverages tapped from same policy (access required)

Where a driver has been injured in a multi-vehicle accident involving both un- and underinsured drivers, his auto liability policy must provide separate policy limits for both UM and UIM coverage, an Arlington County Circuit judge has ruled in a ...

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Appalachian Law Vows To Rebound (access required)

As the students and faculty of the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy continue to absorb the impact of the recent shooting rampage, school officials vowed that the school would bounce back. Norton attorney Joseph E. Wolfe, a trustee of ...

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