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Judges see need for sanctions (access required)

Virginia’s Circuit judges don’t think that monetary sanctions are used often enough to make lawyers behave, according to a new poll just published by the Virginia Bar Association. But this same group indicated that they generally don’t impose sanctions. A ...

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Fighting 'Abuse' With Preparation (access required)

ROANOKE — Lawyers who have to deal with abusive and obnoxious opponents can try to ignore, persuade or cajole their tormenters. They can wave fancy bar association creeds about “professionalism.” But one veteran attorney had a simpler bit of advice ...

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Scenes From The VADA Annual Meeting (access required)

Stars fell on Roanoke…. The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys rolled to the Hotel Roanoke Oct 7-9 for a star-studded 25th Anniversary celebration in the Star City of the South. Meeting organizers were pleased with the turnout: Some 169 lawyers, ...

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High Court Grants An Appeal On 'Write-Offs' (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted an appeal on an issue that has been percolating across the commonwealth for the past four years: Doctors’ “write-offs” in personal-injury cases. The oft-litigated issue is one of damages and takes into account ...

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Employment Claims May Require New Tack (access required)

FREDERICKSBURG — The “explosion” in employment-related liability claims in the past 10 years or so has led the insurance industry to respond with a new products for employers — employment practices liability insurance, or EPLI. And though EPLI coverage may ...

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