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Sanctions Of $251K Assessed In Fairfax (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit judge has sanctioned a McLean landlord for over $251,000 for asserting “groundless defenses and counterclaims” in a commercial real estate dispute. The case provides one of the largest sanctions awards ever meted out under Virginia Code Sect. ...

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Fee Pact Didn't Apply To Reduction Of Debt (access required)

A contingency fee agreement did not apply where two lawyers settled a lender-liability case by renegotiating and reducing their clients’ debt by $452,000. The lawyers told the clients that their agreement applied and had him sign a note secured by ...

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The Last Word On The Bowman Doctrine? (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia just handed down its latest decision on a Bowman wrongful-discharge claim, named for the 1985 decision that allowed a public-policy exception to Virginia’s employment-at-will doctrine. Read the opening line and see if you can predict ...

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Car Agency Must Give Primary Coverage (access required)

A self-insured rental car agency must provide primary liability coverage to a driver who rents then wrecks one of its cars, a Loudoun County Circuit judge has ruled. The driver’s own insurance company defeated a common tactic used by rental ...

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Rental Car Law (access required)

A visitor flies into a Virginia city on business and rents a car to travel around town. Unfortunately, he has an accident and injures someone. So far, this scenario is pretty straightforward. The fact that a lawsuit will be filed ...

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Lawyer Hit For $750K Malpractice Verdict (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court jury has handed down a $750,000 legal malpractice verdict against a prominent Washington tax attorney who had represented a woman in a divorce. The plaintiff obtained a default judgment against the lawyer in June, and last ...

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