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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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Tip: Getting A Carrier To Waive Subrogation (access required)

You’re handling a case where liability is clear. Your client is badly hurt, with substantial — and expensive — injuries. The defendant’s carrier tenders policy limits to settle the case. Sounds like this one should work its way to conclusion ...

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VADA Broadens Its Scope, While Maintaining Focus (access required)

The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys will gather later this week in Richmond for its annual meeting. Preliminary registration is strong, according to VADA sources: Nearly a quarter of the group’s 848 members will make the trip to the capital ...

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$235K Settlement Under 'Lemon Law' Is Record (access required)

A Springfield couple who bought a 37-foot motorhome that was plagued with problems has scored a $235,000 settlement of their “Lemon Law” lawsuit against the manufacturer of the home. The settlement is believed to be the largest ever for a ...

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Death Won't Excuse Need To Pay Under Noncompete (access required)

The death of a party to a noncompete agreement does not relieve the purchaser of the man’s business from the obligation to make payments under the agreement, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The noncompete was not a personal ...

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Gun Charge No Basis For Felony-Murder (access required)

A prosecutor cannot use a defendant’s status as a felon, possessing a gun, as the basis for charging him with felony-murder, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. In this case, the appeals court ...

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Support Can Continue Despite Cohabitation (access required)

A husband cannot cut off spousal support he owes under a 1995 agreement by invoking a 1997 amendment allowing an end to support based on cohabitation, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The agreement allowed the husband to quit ...

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http://domain-name-cases.vlw (access required)

Virginia likes to bill itself as “The Silicon Dominion” and the world of high technology has changed life and law in the commonwealth, especially in Northern Virginia. Law firms — including numerous out-of-state firms — are establishing outposts in Northern ...

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