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Delivery nurse was not ‘interested party’ for dead man’s statute (access required)

Although a nurse who assisted a now-deceased doctor in a difficult delivery might have had an interest in avoiding her own liability for the baby’s birth injuries, her testimony is not barred under the dead man’s statute because it failed ...

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Longshoreman keeps $5-million verdict, right to jury affirmed (access required)

Noting the right to a jury trial is “sacred” under the Virginia Constitution, the Supreme Court of Virginia has affirmed a $5-million jury verdict for a worker injured at a Portsmouth shipyard. The case now has produced two Virginia Supreme ...

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Dismissed case revived, limitations defense fails (access required)

A wrongful death case dismissed due to three years of inactivity can be reinstated within a year without running afoul of the statute of limitations, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday. The unanimous court reversed an Albemarle County judge ...

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Amusement industry watches ‘Internet Café’ case

A Roanoke County challenge to seizure of money and equipment from an “Internet parlor” has the attention of both the amusement industry and federal and state law enforcement officials. Represented by state Sen. John Edwards, Ronnie Bennett is suing the ...

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Law firm not required to indemnify carrier for Medicare shortfall (access required)

A law firm settling a personal injury claim does not have to indemnify an insurance company for any potential shortfall owed to Medicare, a Richmond circuit judge has ruled. The case highlights the latest skirmish to develop since the federal ...

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LGA riders in the wind

The weather was cool but the fall colors were at their peak as a gaggle of local government attorneys hit the streets of Roanoke Friday for a motorcycle tour of the Piedmont. The motorcycle tour was organized by Fredericksburg city ...

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