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Plaintiff Waived Her Objection To Removal (access required)

Although a defendant failed to comply with a new statute governing removal of cases from general district court to circuit court, an auto-accident plaintiff waived her right to object by seeking to set the case for trial and conducting discovery, ...

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New 'Practice-Area Alert' (access required)

Beginning this week, Virginia Lawyers Weekly introduces a new alert servicethe weekly “Practice-Area Alert”exclusively for newspaper subscribers. This service will notify subscribers of court decisions in their area of specialty. The alerts will be available in the following areas: Bankruptcy ...

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Permissive Use Law (access required)

Mom and dad buy a car for their teen-age daughter. They tell her not to let anyone else drive the car. One night after a party, though, she lets her ne’er-do-well boyfriend, of whom her parents disapprove, drive the car ...

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Statute Mandating Arbitration Struck (access required)

A statute requiring insurance companies to arbitrate disputed property claims between companies is unconstitutional, a Roanoke Circuit judge has ruled. Given the large number of auto property damage disputes between insurers, the statute, adopted in 1994, provided a way to ...

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A Breakthrough On Bad Faith (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia upheld a bad-faith finding against an insurance company for the first time on Jan. 14. The company fought payment of a boy’s bills from a chiropractor. A Richmond jury found in the boy’s favor on ...

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