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Fast U-turn was sign of roadblock evasion (access required)

A man who tried to evade a traffic checkpoint by making an abrupt U-turn in to a driveway was properly convicted of driving after being declared an habitual offender, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled. The man contended ...

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'Attraction' Theory Nets Motel Rape Settlement (access required)

A Charlottesville attorney has used a relatively untested premises liability theory to mediate a $540,000 settlement for his client, a woman raped in her Albemarle County hotel room. The legal argument was based on the “attraction” theory of premises liability-the ...

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Lender Gains Insurance Under Policy's 'Union' Clause (access required)

Even though a homeowner apparently lied on his insurance application, a lender can recover the insurance money because the policy had a “union mortgage clause,” a Norfolk Circuit judge has ruled in a case of first impression. The insurance company ...

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West Touts New Annotated Code (access required)

When it comes to an annotated state code, Virginia lawyers now have a choice. At an Oct. 23 luncheon for lawyers and librarians at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, the West Group debuted its new Annotated Code of Virginia, bringing ...

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Rehnquist: Put An End To Diversity Jurisdiction (access required)

In U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s view, the most effective way to reduce the ever-increasing caseload in all federal courts is to eliminate diversity-jurisdiction cases in federal district courts. Rehnquist conceded, however, that anticipated opposition by his colleagues on ...

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Fairfax Splits Its Docket To Ease Parking Problem (access required)

To relieve chronic congestion at the Fairfax County Courthouse, circuit-court officials have opted to hold law and chancery motions in separate Friday-morning sessions. Starting Nov. 16, contested law motions will be heard at 10 a.m., with chancery motions following at ...

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Man On Trailer Porch Was Drunk ?In Public? (access required)

An intoxicated man who staggered onto the front porch of his mobile home was properly arrested for being drunk in public, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled in a case of first impression. The case provides the first ...

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Law-Firm Pay Stable Despite Economic Woes (access required)

Despite the ongoing dot-com bust, a skittish stock market and the events of Sept. 11, hiring at many of Virginia’s largest law firms remains steady. Recruiters at large firms throughout the state say that hiring has proceeded apace, bolstered in ...

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Law Schools (access required)

Interview preparation, say law-school career counselors, is critical to landing that big-firm job you’ve been coveting. Smile. Shake hands. Look the interviewer in the eye. Don’t fidget. Ask questions of your own. Soon, however, counselors may have to teach another ...

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Man Hurt By Falling Boxes Can Sue Hardware Store (access required)

Although a man hurt when stacked boxes fell on him could offer no direct evidence of a hardware store’s negligence, he nonetheless can go forward on his personal-injury claim, a federal judge in Big Stone Gap has ruled. The plaintiff ...

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