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Virginia?s Grey takes ABA post (access required)

TORONTO–Richmond lawyer Robert J. Grey Jr. was elected chair of the American Bar Association House of Delegates last Tuesday. The position as chair is the ABA’s second-highest office; Grey’s election to the post puts him in line to be president ...

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Mandatory divorce education class under study (access required)

A divorcing couple with minor children would be required to attend a mandatory class on the impact of their split on the children, under a proposal being studied by the Commission on Youth. In 1996, the General Assembly gave local ...

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Helping Clients Cope with the Y2K Bug (access required)

The “Year 2000 Problem,” also known as the “Y2K Phenomenon” or the “Millennium Bug,” has been in the headlines and on the tube. Seventeen months from now, according to the most dire predictions, all business hell will break loose because ...

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Rental car is covered despite prohibition (access required)

Even though a teen-ager was prohibited from using a rental car leased to his mother, he still was entitled to liability coverage under his father’s insurance policy, a Richmond circuit judge has ruled. The finding of coverage in the fa-ther’s ...

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Fair Contracting Act gives basis for ‘Bowman’ claim (access required)

A female construction working claiming she was sexually harassed can use the Fair Employment Contracting Act as the basis for a Bowman wrongful discharge claim against her employer, a Roanoke Circuit judge has ruled. The case is a big plaintiff’s ...

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Lee County: Lee County honors its native-born judges (access required)

JONESVILLE–The 1968 Martindale-Hubbell directory listing for Jonesville, the county seat of Lee County, contains the names of seven lawyers. Of those seven, six later became judges, serving at practically every level of courts, from Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court to ...

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Out-of-state service now requires using certified mail (access required)

Effective July 1, Virginia has a new way of serving out-of-state defendants. And it is designed to allay any fears by a lawyer here in Virginia that another state’s courts might have problems with our means of service. Under the ...

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Negligent retention claim can go forward (access required)

A family claiming it was racially harassed by a store clerk can sue the store for negligent retention, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The case is apparently the first in Virginia to allow a retention claim to go forward ...

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Rule changes abolishing docket call put on hold (access required)

A proposal that would have eliminated the traditional system of circuit docket calls has been put on hold by the Judicial Council. At its meeting June 15, the council referred back to committee a series of amendments to the Rules ...

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Landlord can get fees for defending a counterclaim (access required)

Where a landlord seeking to collect rent is countersued for breach of contract by the tenant, the landlord can recover its attorney’s fees incurred in defending the counterclaim, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first ...

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