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Lawyer fees awarded in woman?s dec action (access required)

A woman who prevailed in a declaratory judgment action is entitled to attorney’s fees, a Russell County Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The judge found in the woman’s favor in an employment-related dispute, then ...

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?50 Largest? presented (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents its 10th annual survey of “Virginia’s 50 Largest Law Firms” in this week’s Section B. Among the findings of this year’s project: Richmond-based McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe once again tops the list. While the second-place ...

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Nonsuiting plaintiff must pay lawyer fees (access required)

Even though a plaintiff took a nonsuit in his lawsuit based on a real estate contract, the defendant is entitled to attorney’s fees under the contract, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The reason: The contract provides that the “prevailing” ...

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Publisher?s Note: VLW launches ?E-mail Alert? (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce a new subscriber benefit, the “E-Mail Alert Service.” The service provides early notice of significant and ground-breaking cases and legal developments, before they appear in the newspaper. The alerts will serve as a ...

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Defamation claim is based on reference (access required)

Where a man’s former employer told a prospective employer that the man “lost his temper” and “just didn’t fit in,” he can sue the ex-employer for defamation, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The case highlights the problems with providing ...

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High court approves new rules on ethics (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia approved the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct last Monday. The new ethics code, the culmination of years of work by a special Virginia State Bar committee, was approved without any substantial changes to the petition ...

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High court reaffirms med-mal damages cap (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld the constitutionality of Virginia’s $1 million cap on medical malpractice damages. In a closely watched case, the high court unanimously upheld its previous decision on the cap’s constitutionality, Etheridge v. Medical Center Hospitals, ...

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