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Clause on declarations page prevents stacking   (access required)

Where an auto insurance policy expressly disclaimed combining policy limits for separate vehicles, a Chesapeake judge found the insurer had clearly prohibited stacking of underinsured motorist coverage, a decision that leaves a badly injured plaintiff with $50,000 less in coverage. ...

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Judge: Keep him where he belongs

The late comedian Richard Pryor once performed at a prison. He later confessed he expected to feel a kinship with the oppressed inmates. After he actually met some of them, however, he exclaimed, “Thank God we got jails!” That expression ...

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Doctor admits hiding Swiss bank account

An inherited six-figure bank account first led to international intrigue and then to possible prison time for a pediatric ear-nose-and-throat doctor in Northern Virginia. According to a Justice Department news release , Leesburg otolaryngologist Andrew Silva has acknowledged more than ...

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Beware disgruntled jurors

The L.A. Times offers a cautionary tale this week in a piece about how jury duty is becoming more of a hardship for members of the venire. In one civil trial, jurors who were already peeved at having to miss ...

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Doing something about the weather

We all complain, but at least one Virginia prosecutor is prepared to step up and throw the book at the weather gods for damaging public property and interfering with justice. You can read the indictment of Mother Nature at Ken ...

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‘Move-over’ law could expand

A bill to broaden Virginia’s "move-over" law has advanced in the House of Delegates. The current law requires drivers to move to the left when approaching a stopped police, fire or rescue vehicle with flashing lights. (Slowing down generally is ...

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