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…On a lighter note in '93 (access required)

Not every item in the legal news in Virginia in 1993 was portentous or serious. Among the more unusual stories across the commonwealth this past year: 1. The Bobbitts. John and Lorena Bobbitt of Prince William County became household names ...

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Fired short-termer can void non-compete (access required)

A tax preparation company cannot enforce a two-year non-compete agreement against a worker it fired after 35 days on the job, a Wise County circuit judge has ruled. The judge found the restraints on the employee to be “unreasonable,” and ...

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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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