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New layer put on rape shield (access required)

Even though a defendant’s proffered evidence of a rape victim’s past sexual history did not meet one of the specific exceptions to the “rape shield” statute, the Virginia Court of Appeals has reversed the rape conviction to allow him to ...

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Tort suit against sub barred by no privity (access required)

A service station operator cannot bring a negligence suit against a subcontractor who damaged underground storage tanks while renovating the station, a Loudoun County Circuit judge has ruled. The time delay needed to repair the damage to the tanks delayed ...

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Roanoke burn victim gains $4M (access required)

A Roanoke man burned when fumes from a contact adhesive ignited has won a $4 million jury verdict for his injuries. The award is believed to be one of the largest verdicts ever in Virginia in a products liability case, ...

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Exemptions can't be transferred (access required)

Separate property was not the only issue decided in Dietz v. Dietz (VLW 093-7-604). The appeals court also ruled, on a first-impression issue, that divorce judges do not have the authority to award an income tax exemption from one spouse ...

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