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Maximizing Damages in Personal Injury (access required)

HOT SPRINGS–Charles Becton picked up a small glass ball and held it high. “I have a crystal ball,” he intoned, mock-serious. “I can see your case files, a bunch of soft-tissue cases.” The clients are people like “Whiplash Willie” and ...

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VTLA launches website (access required)

HOT SPRINGS–The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association has launched into cyberspace. At its annual convention held at The Homestead, the VTLA debuted its new website for members. The address: http://www.vtla.com The website is the latest membership service offered by the association, ...

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Car-accident victim can stack med-pay (access required)

A girl injured in a car wreck can stack medical expenses coverage from her parents’ two insurance policies, a Lee County Circuit judge has ruled. The insurance company had tendered only $2,000 in med-pay coverage, arguing that that amount was ...

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Settlement under limits was waiver of excess UM (access required)

Where a car-crash victim settled with her primary uninsured motorist carrier for less than the policy limits, she waived any right to secondary excess UM coverage, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The fact that she failed to notify the ...

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Driving excess hours yields punitives claim (access required)

An auto-accident plaintiff claiming that a trucker drove longer than is allowed by statute may pursue punitive damages in the case, a federal judge in Harrisonburg has ruled. While the case involves a trucker governed by federal trucking regulations, all ...

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Lawyers could buy or sell a practice (access required)

Lawyers in Virginia would be able to buy or sell a law practice for the first time, under a new ethics rule approved by the Virginia State Bar Council. The Code of Professional Responsibility in the past has prohibited such ...

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Poff receives Carrico Professionalism Award (access required)

Senior Justice Richard H. Poff of the Supreme Court of Virginia has received the 1998 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section. The award was presented by Carrico to Poff at the section’s annual ...

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Man?s severance is separate property (access required)

A man’s severance package is his separate property, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. The trial judge erred by including the payments as part of the marital estate during equitable distribution, the court found. ...

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VTLA backs 3 for E.D. (access required)

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association has endorsed three candidates as “highly qualified” for an upcoming vacancy in the Eastern District of Virginia. VTLA Executive Director Jack L. Harris said that the association voted last week to back U.S. Magistrate Judge ...

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UM Carrier Can Be Sued For Pretrial Bad Faith (access required)

A car-crash plaintiff can sue his uninsured motorist coverage carrier for failing to act in good faith in pretrial negotiations, a Hampton Circuit judge has ruled. The case marks the fourth instance in six years in which a plaintiff has ...

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