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Expert must back treatise (access required)

A live witness must lay a solid foundation before articles in medical journals may be admitted as “holy writ” in a civil trial, according to an opinion this month from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court’s unanimous decision tightens ...

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Birth-injury case nets $1.55M verdict (access required)

A Newport News jury returned a $1.55 million verdict in a birth-injury case this month in which the evidence included a home movie of the delivery, according to lawyers for the plaintiff. The April 18 verdict against a Newport News ...

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More on Clemens appointment

Roanoke Circuit Judge Swanson noted today that Chris Clemens was appointed to the district court bench by a “majority” of the circuit court judges. The Roanoke Times has more on the impact of the decision on Clemens’ law office and ...

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Claim against elevator company can proceed (access required)

A defendant elevator maintenance company cannot escape liability for an elevator accident by arguing that its duty was limited to the terms of its contract with the defendant building owner. That was the ruling by Henrico Circuit Judge Catherine C. ...

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Baldacci on the lake

The Roanoke Times takes a look today at lawyer-turned-author David Baldacci and his life on Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake. Best quote: “Lawyers are paid to tell persuasive stories. So are novelists. Sometimes I think some of the best fiction I ...

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