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Mom States Distress Claim For Son's Death (access required)

A mother who was injured in an accident that killed her son may pursue a claim for emotional distress against the defendant, an Albemarle County Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The defense sought to ...

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Scenes from the VBA Summer Meeting (access required)

HOT SPRINGS — The Virginia Bar Association took its show on the road to the Homestead for the annual summer meeting Aug. 3-5. Thanks to the American Bar Association split sessions in New York and London, the VBA’s summer do ...

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Allen, Robb debate before VBA (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association debate between Virginia’s U.S. Senate candidates, former Gov. George Allen and incumbent Sen. Chuck Robb, was billed as the main event at the group’s summer meeting at the Homestead. The hackneyed fight analogy actually was appropriate: ...

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Internet Use Does Not Establish Jurisdiction (access required)

The mere registration of an Internet domain name with a Virginia-based registration agency is not enough to confer personal jurisdiction on the owner of the domain name, a federal judge in Alexandria has ruled. The case is one of the ...

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Post-Petition Lawyer Fees Awarded To Ch. 7 Debtor (access required)

The lawyer for a Chapter 7 debtor can still recover post-petition attorney’s fees, an Alexandria federal judge has ruled. The case addresses an ambiguity created by a 1994 amendment to the Bankruptcy Code, in which Congress dropped “the debtor’s attorney” ...

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Damages Are Awarded For Denial Of Easement (access required)

The owner of a parcel of land in a Dulles Corridor office park is entitled to nearly $1 million for breach of an easement agreement by the developer of the park, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The dispute was ...

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Janitor Hurt In Shoot-Out Can Sue Store (access required)

A janitor who was taken hostage and injured during a grocery store robbery and police shoot-out can go forward on his lawsuit against the store for failure to protect him from and warn him about third-party criminals, a Stafford County ...

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Inheritance By Ex-wife Moots Need For Support (access required)

Where a woman has received an inheritance of approximately $400,000, her ex-husband can petition to have his spousal support obligations reduced to zero, a Richmond circuit judge has ruled. The inheritance provides a material change in circumstances justifying a new ...

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Richmond Area Courts Revise Their Procedures (access required)

The “Suggested Practices and Procedures” for the courts in the metro-Richmond area have been revised. The new procedures, effective July 1, have been revised to take into account a number of Supreme Court Rule changes effective the same day, including ...

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Foster Parents Can't Get Visitation Order (access required)

The foster parents who took care of a four-year-old boy while his father was in prison for violating parole are not entitled to court-ordered visitation, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The court cannot abridge the father’s fundamental rights as ...

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