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The Last Word On The Bowman Doctrine? (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia just handed down its latest decision on a Bowman wrongful-discharge claim, named for the 1985 decision that allowed a public-policy exception to Virginia’s employment-at-will doctrine. Read the opening line and see if you can predict ...

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Car Agency Must Give Primary Coverage (access required)

A self-insured rental car agency must provide primary liability coverage to a driver who rents then wrecks one of its cars, a Loudoun County Circuit judge has ruled. The driver’s own insurance company defeated a common tactic used by rental ...

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Rental Car Law (access required)

A visitor flies into a Virginia city on business and rents a car to travel around town. Unfortunately, he has an accident and injures someone. So far, this scenario is pretty straightforward. The fact that a lawsuit will be filed ...

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Lawyer Hit For $750K Malpractice Verdict (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court jury has handed down a $750,000 legal malpractice verdict against a prominent Washington tax attorney who had represented a woman in a divorce. The plaintiff obtained a default judgment against the lawyer in June, and last ...

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Info On Write-Offs Goes To The Jury (access required)

An injured plaintiff can introduce evidence of the full extent of her medical bills, and the defendant can show that Medicaid or Medicare picked up most of the tab and that the plaintiff doesn’t owe the written-off balance, a Tazewell ...

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