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New UIM law should help multi-carrier settlements (access required)

Plaintiffs’ lawyers hope to break more settlement logjams in UIM cases with multiple carriers under legislation passed this year. The Virginia General Assembly has made adjustments to a new procedure designed to speed settlement in some auto accident cases involving ...

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Judge refuses to consolidate Tech discrimination cases

Friday’s decision by Roanoke U.S. District Judge James Turk means no delay for the April 11 scheduled trial on claims Virginia Tech paid lower salaries to women at the school’s fund raising office. Virginia Tech had asked Turk to combine ...

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Law professor launches radio show to teach Constitution

Reaching far beyond his classroom walls at the Appalachian School of Law – and tapping some obvious broadcasting skills – law Prof. Stewart Harris hopes to bring the U.S. Constitution to life each week on his own radio show. “Your ...

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Law school applications hit 10-year low

A lot of college grads have decided it’s not the right time to go to law school. Law school applications are off 11.5-percent from last year, down to the lowest level since 2001, according to figures from the Law School ...

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Change in three-strikes rule for doctors could aid settlements

The General Assembly has moved to increase the threshold for medical malpractice payments that trigger an automatic physician competency assessment. The legislation also would exempt doctors who no longer have an active practice. A Virginia statute requires regulators to investigate ...

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