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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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Malpractice claim allowed by third party (access required)

The sole stockholder of a company that hired an accounting firm to audit its books may sue for professional malpractice as a third-party beneficiary, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. While the stockholder could not sue the accounting firm for ...

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