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Active Duty: The Laws Lawyers Need To Know (access required)

Lieutenant Colonel Clyde W. Mathews remembers talking to the would-be ex-wife on the phone, and she was irked. The woman had just learned that her divorce to a National Guardsman serving in Bosnia would be delayed at least six months ...

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Mom Of Stillborn Boy Gets $425K For Distress (access required)

Relying in part on a doctor’s fear of seeing his name in a national data bank, the mother of a stillborn boy leveraged her claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress into a $425,000 settlement. According to the mother’s attorney, ...

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Doc’s Past Pay As Expert Keys A Defense Verdict (access required)

A Richmond defense lawyer succeeded in impeaching a doctor who is well known to the defense bar for appearing as a plaintiff’s witness. Their ammunition: the doctor’s tax records — which were obtained for the first time — and depositions ...

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Appeals Court Judge Willis To Retire In ?02 (access required)

To a person, colleagues on the bench and in the bar say they will miss the thoughtfulness and sense of humor that J.M.H. “Mac” Willis Jr. brought to the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Willis, 68, has announced that he ...

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Insurance Is Relevant Where Bias Is At Issue (access required)

A lawyer cross-examining a defense medical examiner can mention the defendant’s insurance in an effort to show bias on the part of the expert, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled unanimously. At trial, the defendant and the plaintiff’s insurance ...

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Shareholder's Right To Sue Governed By 5-Year Statute (access required)

A shareholder’s loss of the right to dissent to a corporation’s sale of its assets is an injury to property, the Supreme Court of Virginia has held in a case of first impression. As a result of the holding, the ...

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Landfills (access required)

Ask most Virginia lawyers about landfill litigation and you might get a vague recollection of a suit about garbage imported from New York. But if lawyers in the commonwealth aren’t paying attention today to landfill problems and the headaches involved, ...

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Representing A Defendant (access required)

Your client, a real-estate developer, is on the phone, and he sounds apprehensive. Three years ago, the developer bought 100 acres of land on which he intends to build a small housing development. Recently, however, someone faxed him a copy ...

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Virginia Lawyers, Bars React To Terrorist Attack (access required)

Even as crews hosed down the smoldering section of the Pentagon struck by a terrorist attack last Tuesday, Virginia lawyers reacted with offers of legal assistance and thoughts of sympathy for affected families in Northern Virginia and elsewhere. Locally, bar ...

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Virginia Beach Unveils New Divorce Procedures (access required)

Divorcing couples in Virginia Beach now have a choice: They can bring their case to a divorce commissioner, or they can go to the judge. Effective July 1, 2001, the change was prompted by sentiment among divorce lawyers that judges ...

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