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And Jimmy Hoffa was a Giants fan? (access required)

The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t had the best year. They got beat in the Super Bowl and key players, including quarterback Donovan McNabb, have gone down with injuries. And of course, there were the distracting antics of receiver Terrell Owens. Now ...

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Presenting ?The Best of 2005' (access required)

2005 soon will be in the history books. But before turning the corner into a brave new year, we’ll going to give you one last look at Oh-Five. This week’s B-section presents “The Best of 2005.” Top News You’ll find ...

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The Best of 2005 (access required)

JANUARY January 3 Spotsylvania to tighten public nudity ordinance Even though Spotsylvania County does not have any strip clubs, the county attorney wants to tighten the language of the county’s public nudity ordinance. Spotsylvania’s present ordinance is identical in some ...

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Dental surgeon gets full fee for anesthesia services (access required)

Disputes between insurance companies and the people they insure are common. Plaintiffs often will complain and even file a breach-of-contract suit to force a carrier to cover this or that medical procedure. From Rockingham County comes a case with a ...

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A salute to the new crop (access required)

The waiting, as Tom Petty famously once said, is the hardest part. Well, the waiting is over for the 1,367 candidates who took the July 2005 Virginia Bar Examination. And 963 people were pleased, relieved, shocked, excited, amazed (each can ...

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?Footloose' in the mountains? (access required)

Dirty dancing isn’t protected by the First Amendment. So a North Carolina woman kicked out of a town dance hall for “lewd dancing” can’t sue for a free-speech violation. But she can pursue an equal protection claim that she was ...

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Second nonsuit by a plaintiff requires notice to the defendant (access required)

A medical-malpractice plaintiff who obtained two nonsuits in her claim against a foot doctor cannot file her lawsuit a third time, even though the suit was never served. The reason: The plaintiff gets one nonsuit as of right, under the ...

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Wine case bubbling up to the Supreme Court (access required)

Doug Adams, a wine distributor, spent 13 years selling a brand of French wine, Louis Latour, throughout Virginia. Two years ago, Louis Latour Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of a French winery, gave Virginia distribution contracts for this wine to two ...

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'Apparent agency' will not support a med-mal claim (access required)

A truck driver who claims he received faulty care from an emergency room doctor cannot sue the hospital claiming that the doctor, who worked for a separate medical group, was the “apparent agent” of the hospital, the Supreme Court of ...

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Developer must forfeit $400K (access required)

A developer that wanted to build a “big-box” shopping center in Virginia Beach must forfeit $400,000 it paid in earnest money after the deal fell through. In a contest of arguments about who breached the contract first, a Virginia Beach ...

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