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Defendant could help force MIST settlements (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Plaintiff’s lawyers jerked around by a stonewalling insurance company may want to consider enlisting the help of the company’s policyholder in fighting the carrier, according to one personal injury lawyer. That surprising advice came ...

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Wife can stack policy from husband's firm (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A woman hurt in a car crash can “stack” the coverage available from an insurance policy maintained by her husband’s company, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. Nationwide, the carrier, issues a “family automobile ...

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Son, written out of will, sues brother (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A man written out of his mother’s will can sue his brother for “intentional interference with inheritance,” a Virginia Beach Circuit judge has ruled. A second judge heard the case and found that the ...

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'Lockhart' Amendments Are Upheld (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A white secretary claiming race discrimination after she was fired by a black supervisor cannot sue under the Bowman public policy exception, a Norfolk Circuit judge has ruled. The judge upheld the validity of ...

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Bar May Endorse Dental Plan (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The Virginia State Bar soon may be sponsoring new personal insurance programs for lawyers in the commonwealth. At its meeting in Richmond this week, the VSB Council will consider sponsorship of new programs for ...

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Continued Smoking Bars Comp (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A woman who refused to quit smoking should be denied workers’ compensation benefits, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The woman’s doctor told her she must quit ...

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