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Combat Personnel To Get A Tax Break (access required)

Considering the date of this issue, here’s a timely item. Combat service is stressful enough without having to worry about filing a tax return. To alleviate stress at tax time, the Internal Revenue Service provides combat personnel and their spouses ...

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Representing Service Personnel (access required)

A Virginia National Guard soldier patrolling Norfolk International Airport has a lot in common with a colleague serving in a water-purification unit in Umm Qasr in Iraq: Both are away from their families and friends for extended periods, and both ...

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Adulterous wife still is entitled to support (access required)

Although she admitted committing adultery, a wife nevertheless is entitled to an award of spousal support from her former husband, who had behaved boorishly over a long period of time, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled. The Virginia ...

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New VTLA Chief Wants To Get Word Out (access required)

Cutting through the clamor and getting a message out is always difficult, even when war isn’t dominating the news. But as P. Brent Brown prepared for the VTLA presidency, he intended to make awareness of what his group does his ...

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Unused Sick Time May Justify Work Refusal (access required)

A workers’ compensation claimant might have been justified in turning down a job because her acceptance of the job would have resulted in the loss of $14,000 in accrued leave, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled. The Virginia ...

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Effort To Pursue Discharged Debt Prompts Sanctions (access required)

A bankruptcy judge in Alexandria has slammed a bank and its lawyer for damages, including punitives, after they tried to use a “replevin,” or repossession, action to pursue a debt that had been discharged in bankruptcy. In the ruling, the ...

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Hampton Jury Gives $7.5M Award (access required)

In what is reportedly the largest verdict in Hampton history, a jury awarded $7.5 million to a woman who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury after her car was sandwiched between a tractor-trailer and a highway guardrail. The primary symptom ...

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Grey Looks Ahead To ABA Presidency (access required)

Richmond lawyer Robert J. Grey Jr., the future president of the American Bar Association, knows that things can change in 17 months. Nevertheless, one thing is certain: When he takes the oath of office in August 2004, at least part ...

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The Birth And Growth Of A Local Bar (access required)

Not so long ago, Powhatan County was a quiet, sparsely populated farming community with just a handful of lawyers. Until 1995, in fact, the county’s prosecutor practiced on a part-time basis. Now, however, the county is one of the fastest-growing ...

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Cab Company Liable As 'Public Franchise' (access required)

Even though a taxicab company claimed that its driver was an independent contractor, a woman struck by the cab could bring a personal injury suit against the company, a Norfolk Circuit judge ruled. The ruling may expose a weakness in ...

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