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Production Ordered In Southside (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Southside Virginia has been very, very good to plaintiffs scrapping for access to accident reports. The latest two cases in the accident report wars–one from Henry County and the other from Pittsylvania County–were both ...

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The Name of the Game (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief New admittees to the Virginia State Bar often ask us, “So, just how do I insure that my budding legal career is long, distinguished and illustrious, not to mention lucrative?” The first thing we ...

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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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