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Sex-crime statutes under fire (access required)

A lawyer representing a 29-year-old man charged with having “carnal knowledge” of a minor contends that the law discriminates on the basis of age. The statute, Virginia Code Sect. 18.2-63, provides for different penalties for defendants of different ages. Defendants ...

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Snatched Employee Costs Manufacturer $412,000 (access required)

A Henrico County jury has hit a building-products manufacturer with a $412,000 verdict for hiring a new employee away from the company that sold the manufacturer’s products. The sales company had established a “prospective business relationship” with the prospective employee ...

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Previous Representation Didn't Disqualify Lawyer (access required)

The lawyer for a car-crash plaintiff should not be disqualified even though his law firm represented the defendant in two previous personal-injury lawsuits in 1996 and 1997, a Chesterfield circuit judge has ruled. The defendant contended that plaintiff’s counsel had ...

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Rehearing Sought In Umbrella Policy Case (access required)

Despite admittedly long odds, two lawyers are asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to reconsider its denial of insurance coverage to a spouse injured in an automobile accident. The injured husband sought damages from his wife, whose negligence led to ...

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