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Sub-Subcontractor Can Pursue Bond Of General (access required)

Even though a subcontractor on a road construction project has posted a payment bond, a sub-subcontractor can seek to recover under the general contractor’s payment bond, a Chesapeake Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. Surety ...

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Worker's Fiduciary Duty To Company Is Continuing (access required)

Even though an ex-employee did not have a noncompete agreement with his former company, a Fairfax Circuit judge has issued an injunction forbidding him using any of the techniques or methods he learned that are not in the public domain. ...

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Allegation Of Concealment Saves Claim Of Homebuyers (access required)

Where buyers of a home with septic system problems allege active concealment by the sellers and their real estate agents, the buyers can go forward with their fraud claim, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The judge distinguished an August ...

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Pay At All Law Firms Is Impacted By Rising Tide (access required)

The news last week was that salaries for new associates at some of Virginia’s largest and most prestigious firms had gone over the $100,000 mark. The largest firms continue to hunt for the law review editors and the summa and ...

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Driver Was In Privity With Carrier, Loses Claim (access required)

Where an insurance company pursues a subrogation property claim arising from a car wreck and loses, the plaintiff policyholder is collaterally estopped from bringing her personal-injury claim against the defendant, a Carroll County Circuit judge has ruled in an issue ...

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Allstate hit for 'bad faith' in Portsmouth (access required)

A circuit judge in Portsmouth has found that Allstate acted “not in good faith” in its handling of an uninsured motorist claim. The company was tagged for over $17,000 in damages, including more than $11,000 in attorneys’ fees. Among the ...

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Atlanta firm and Mays & Valentine vote to merge (access required)

The partners at Richmond-based Mays & Valentine LLP voted last Thursday to merge with a Georgia-based firm, Troutman Sanders LLP. A similar vote was taken at the Troutman firm, approving the merger with one of Richmond’s biggest and oldest law ...

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Carrier Must Pay Costs For Its Failure To Provide Policy (access required)

An insurance company that failed to produce a copy of its policy with a driver to the UM/UIM carrier must pay juror attendance fees for a trial that had to be continued, an Isle of Wight County Circuit judge has ...

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Diversifying Your Law Practice (access required)

You’re a lawyer practicing civil defense work, meaning you deal with insurance companies and insurance adjusters…. And insurance company rules and guidelines and bill-cutting and fixed low take-or-leave-it hourly rates. James C. Gray Jr., a lawyer from Columbia, S.C., remembers ...

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Writeoffs Are Back Before High Court (access required)

The issue of doctors’ writeoffs in personal-injury cases will be back before the Supreme Court of Virginia. In June, the high court seemingly settled a question that had roiled circuit courts across the commonwealth: In Acuar v. Letourneau, (VLW 000-6-086), ...

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