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Author Archives: Justin Wiser

Domain name is for sale (access required)

A Kansas company is betting that a Richmond area law firm will pay more than $2,000 for the Internet domain www.richmondattorneys.com. A letter mailed last week to about 30 firms with offices in the Richmond area announced a silent auction ...

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Right of defendant to mediate case explored (access required)

Can a liability carrier force its insured to go to trial rather than arbitration – even if the insured risks personal liability over the amount of the insurance coverage? The question remains unresolved by Virginia’s courts, but settlement of a ...

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Bad driving history helps win punitives (access required)

The company employing a driver who had four accidents within 10 months has been hit for $200,000 in punitive damages by a Fairfax County jury. The plaintiff used a negligent entrustment theory to prevail. “You had a corporation that had ...

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Richmond sets defamation record with $1.5M award (access required)

A Richmond jury has handed down what is apparently the largest defamation award in Virginia history. The plaintiff, a Richmond community activist, was awarded more than $1.5 million in damages against The Korea Times for a 1997 article that falsely ...

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Homeowners group sues over unapproved painting (access required)

A Roanoke-area woman has been sued by her homeowners association for painting her house green. The Ridgewood Farms Single Family Homeowners Association filed suit Aug. 28 in Salem Circuit Court against Gladys Divers for painting her house without permission. The ...

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Fall Travel: Go visit a famous lawyer?s home (access required)

Labor Day is here, with autumn close on its heels. As the leaves begin to change, the colors of the season breathe life into the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to the wonderful views, fall visitors here can take ...

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Norfolk firm breaks up (access required)

Members of the longstanding Norfolk firm of Rutter & Montagna have parted ways after more than three decades together. Reasons for the split are being kept confidential. Charles D. Montagna, who had served as managing partner of the firm since ...

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Loudoun lawyer spearheads Series project (access required)

Almost 10 years ago, a group of Loudoun County baseball fans first entertained the idea of landing a little league world series in Northern Virginia. Locals wondered why they couldn’t – after all, they had a fine facility at Fireman’s ...

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Legal Insurance Plans (access required)

Employers across Virginia are beginning to offer a new kind of benefit to their workers–legal insurance. A company’s legal insurance plan works similarly to a health insurance plan it might maintain. For a set monthly fee, workers have access to ...

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Frank Rogers takes helm of the Roanoke Bar (access required)

ROANOKE–Frank W. Rogers III is a third-generation lawyer. His grandfather and father both were members of the profession. This summer, he became the third member of the family to serve as president of the Roanoke Bar Association. His grandfather was ...

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