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Lawyer Advertising Subject Of New LEO Compendium Of All Previous Opinions (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has just published a compendium opinion on lawyer advertising, in an effort to pull together all its existing pronouncements on the subject. A new opinion, Legal Ethics Opinion 1750, seeks to provide all the bar’s published ...

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Family Wins Record $3.7M In Wrongful Death Award (access required)

The family of a 66-year-old woman struck by a Greyhound bus as she crossed a downtown street in Buena Vista has recovered a wrongful death verdict of $3.7 million. The verdict is believed to be the largest in state history ...

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Online Auction Prompts Ex Parte Copyright Suit (access required)

A software company claiming that a Charlottesville man has been selling pirated copies of its software through Internet auctions is not entitled to an ex parte injunction, a federal judge in Charlottesville has ruled. The case presents the latest snapshot ...

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Case May Prompt Look Into Closed Divorce Files (access required)

Divorce lawyers across Virginia may be hearing from clients from the past and dusting off files that were closed long ago as word of a recent Court of Appeals decision filters across the state. The reason: The court found that ...

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Trade Secrets Claim Based On Respondeat Superior OK (access required)

A plaintiff can base a claim under the Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act on a theory of respondeat superior, a federal judge in Richmond has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. Finding new and different ways to impose ...

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Plaintiff Tags Allstate For $250K In Punitives (access required)

A Chesterfield County jury has hit Allstate Indemnity Co. with a $393,000 verdict for not settling a woman’s claim after her leased car was stolen, then recovered. The jury found the insurance company had breached its contract with its policyholder ...

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Case Explores Ethics Of Talk With Potential Client (access required)

Here’s a case right out Professional Responsibility class in law school. Potential plaintiff slips and falls in a restaurant. She talks to the lawyer who handles her company’s workers’ comp claims; she says she gave him a full run-down on ...

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Defense Can't Get Fees After Plaintiff Nonsuits (access required)

A defendant is not entitled to attorney’s fees after a plaintiff nonsuits her real estate lawsuit, a Page County Circuit Judge has ruled. The defendants sought attorney’s fees based on contract language entitling “the prevailing party” to fees in any ...

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Latest 'Writeoffs' Appeal Is Dismissed Over Procedure (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has dismissed an appeal that could have reopened the issue of doctors’ “writeoffs” in personal-injury cases, a question seemingly answered loudly and clearly last summer. Last June, the high court, in Acuar v. Letourneau, 260 ...

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'Grandma' With Custody Must Pay Child Support (access required)

Even though a man was not the biological father of a 5-year-old boy, he must pay support because he signed a declaration of paternity, an Alleghany County Circuit judge has ruled. And the man’s mother, who has physical custody of ...

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