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Lemon law applies to leased car (access required)

Although the General Assembly amended Virginia’s “lemon law” in 1998 to include leased vehicles, that statute applies to a claim arising under a lease signed before the change, a Newport News Circuit judge has ruled. That ruling last month, coupled ...

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Driver wins specials, punitives (access required)

A Chesapeake woman hurt in an auto accident has won a jury verdict against an alleged drunken driver for the exact amount of her special damages, plus $175,000 in punitive damages. The case puts a new twist on specials-only verdicts. ...

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Overcoming Juror Bias (access required)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.– The late 1990s are an “incredibly difficult time” to be a plaintiff’s attorney. So says James B. Lees Jr., a prominent Charleston, W.Va., trial attorney and lecturer. Public opinion runs against plaintiff’s lawyers and the public ...

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VSB to consider LEO on ?billing guidelines? (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council will vote this June on a Legal Ethics Opinion that goes to the heart of the attorney-client relationship between insurance defense attorneys and the carriers they represent. At issue: “Billing guidelines,” rules imposed by the ...

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