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Defense notches win on accident reports (access required)

A car-crash plaintiff cannot obtain discovery of the defendant’s statement given to his liability carrier’s adjuster three days after the accident, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. This discovery question has percolated through Circuit Courts across the state in the ...

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State can't indict twice (access required)

The Fairfax commonwealth’s attorney cannot pursue a direct indictment of a defendant who successfully used the DUI double-jeopardy defense last summer, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. A new indictment for the same incident is barred by res judicata, he ...

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Weary judge decries domestic game-playing (access required)

A Loudoun County judge has tagged a Northern Virginia man with nearly $5,200 of his wife’s legal tab following a messy child support contempt proceeding. After the matter was settled, the judge offered a number of weary observations about domestic ...

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Bad job reference was defamatory (access required)

A man can sue his former boss for defamation based on a negative job reference, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. Since employers are called frequently for references on past employees, the decision ...

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