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Judges see need for sanctions (access required)

Virginia’s Circuit judges don’t think that monetary sanctions are used often enough to make lawyers behave, according to a new poll just published by the Virginia Bar Association. But this same group indicated that they generally don’t impose sanctions. A ...

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Firm Taken Off Case For Mediator's Past Effort (access required)

A Richmond law firm has been disqualified from continuing representation in a high-profile personal injury case pending in Williamsburg. The reason: One of its partners served as the mediator in a failed effort to resolve the case four months before ...

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Plaintiff Withdraws Appeal On 'Write-Offs' (access required)

Lawyers and judges waiting for an answer from the Supreme Court of Virginia on the “doctors’ write-offs” issue will have to wait a little longer. In September, the high court granted an appeal on the issue, which has split circuit ...

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Lawyer Can't Get Paid Fees Under Chapter 7 (access required)

A lawyer who was representing a Chapter 11 debtor cannot be paid for services rendered after the case is converted to a Chapter 7, a federal bankruptcy judge in Harrisonburg has ruled. Congress amended the fee provisions of the Bankruptcy ...

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Arbitration Agreement Won't Bind The EEOC (access required)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission cannot be bound by an agreement to arbitrate disputes between an employee and his employer, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. But the EEOC is curtailed ...

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Fighting 'Abuse' With Preparation (access required)

ROANOKE — Lawyers who have to deal with abusive and obnoxious opponents can try to ignore, persuade or cajole their tormenters. They can wave fancy bar association creeds about “professionalism.” But one veteran attorney had a simpler bit of advice ...

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Scenes From The VADA Annual Meeting (access required)

Stars fell on Roanoke…. The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys rolled to the Hotel Roanoke Oct 7-9 for a star-studded 25th Anniversary celebration in the Star City of the South. Meeting organizers were pleased with the turnout: Some 169 lawyers, ...

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High Court Grants An Appeal On 'Write-Offs' (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted an appeal on an issue that has been percolating across the commonwealth for the past four years: Doctors’ “write-offs” in personal-injury cases. The oft-litigated issue is one of damages and takes into account ...

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Employment Claims May Require New Tack (access required)

FREDERICKSBURG — The “explosion” in employment-related liability claims in the past 10 years or so has led the insurance industry to respond with a new products for employers — employment practices liability insurance, or EPLI. And though EPLI coverage may ...

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VADA Is Celebrating 25 Years (access required)

The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys will be celebrating its 25th annual meeting this coming weekend in Roanoke. The VADA’s three-day program, entitled “Defending the Next 25 Years: VADA Looks Back and Looks Forward,” will be held at the Hotel ...

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