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Coverage Is Denied, Passenger Can Tap UM (access required)

Even though an insurance company has denied liability coverage to a driver following a wreck, an injured passenger can recover under the driver’s uninsured motorist policy, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The court based its holding on clear ...

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'50 Largest' For 2001 Presented In This Issue (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to present its 13th annual survey of “The 50 Largest Law Firms in Virginia” in this issue. The survey is based on the number of Virginia-licensed lawyers working in offices within the commonwealth as of ...

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4th Circuit OKs $77K In Fees, Despite Recovery Of $1,300 (access required)

A plaintiff who was awarded over $77,000 in attorney’s fees and costs for an FMLA claim, despite winning only $1,300 on the underlying claim, has seen that fee award affirmed by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In an ...

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VTLA Lauds Two For Work On Doctors' Write-Offs (access required)

HOT SPRINGS — The Virginia Trial Lawyer Association has honored two lawyers for several years’ work on a committee that monitored the issue of doctors’ write-offs and defended the collateral source rule in Virginia. At its just-concluded annual convention at ...

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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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