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Bar Results Go High-Tech (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The results of the July 1996 Virginia bar examination are in. The pass rate–818 of 1081, or 75.7 percent–is pretty standard. Roughly three-quarters pass the summer test every year. But this year’s results came ...

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Your Reputation Precedes You, Judges Tell VADA (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief NORFOLK–A lawyer’s reputation precedes him or her into court. And sometimes that reputation–good or bad–can have an impact on how a judge rules. That observation was one of the tips on professionalism and lawyer ...

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Hurt Passanger Can Tap UIM From Dad's Policy (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A teenage passenger injured in a one-car wreck can recover under his father’s underinsured motorist policy, a Nelson County Circuit judge has ruled. The judge ruled that the passenger was insured under both the ...

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Juror can be struck for wealth (access required)

A black rape defendant can strike a prominent white business executive from a jury because his lawyer thought the businessman could not “relate to a person of the defendant’s standing,” the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The defense lawyer’s ...

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Supreme Court continues limits on use of experts (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court continues to hold the line on expert testimony. In two cases released Sept. 13, the high court struck the use of experts, in each instance reversing a trial judge who admitted the testimony. In a Stafford ...

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VSB to vote on ethics format, closings opinion (access required)

When the Virginia State Bar Council meets next month in Roanoke, it will vote on a change to the ethics rules that could affect every lawyer in the state. The issue: Whether to keep the current Code of Professional Responsibility ...

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News Analysis: Both sides notch a win on discovery (access required)

Two more decisions have been reported in the continuing battle over access to an insurance carrier’s accident reports and post-accident statements. And like so many other cases on the issue, the results are inconclusive. It’s a tie – one more ...

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'Model' contract form may provide memo of land deal (access required)

A real estate buyer can sue for specific performance based on three documents that together satisfy the statute of frauds, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. And the case may hold a surprise: One of the documents was a redacted ...

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Court is refining the rules on gifts and ED awards (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals is refining the law of gifts in the context of equitable distribution. The court has granted a rehearing in Theismann v. Theismann (VLW 096-7-465), a case that focussed on whether a husband intended to give ...

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Remarriage justifies change in support (access required)

Even though the parties had a consent decree in which neither paid the other child support, a wife’s remarriage justifies a child support award to the husband, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The positive economic impact of a ...

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