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Virginia tort cap may be raised to $1M (access required)

The cap on an award under the Virginia Tort Claims Act could jump from the current limit of $75,000 to $1 million, under a proposal before the General Assembly this session. House Bill 1420, introduced by Del. Bernard Cohen, D-Alexandria, ...

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1993 VBA officers take helm (access required)

Del. Whittington W. Clement, D-Danville, began his year as Virginia Bar Association president calling for an emphasis on membership service at the group’s winter meeting in Williamsburg Jan. 14-16. The VBA will restructure its membership committee to include both recruitment ...

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VWAA gives qualified support to family court (access required)

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association last week joined those giving qualified support to the idea of a consolidated family court. Laurie E. Forbes, chair of the VWAA legislative committee, said that VWAA would support a proposal that established courts with ...

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Family law section supports rehabilitative alimony (access required)

Family law practitioners would support a rehabilitative alimony statute and a mandatory termination of spousal support for cohabitation, according to a survey conducted by the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. However, respondents did not favor changes to ...

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Eight District and J&DR courts recommended (access required)

New general district judges will be seated in Henrico and two courts in the Shenandoah Valley region if legislators approve recommendations made by the Committee on District Courts at its Dec. 14 meeting. Specifically, a new judgeship was recommended for ...

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VBA to support family court, oppose premises liability (access required)

Although this year’s General Assembly session is a “short session” – so called because it is the second year of the state’s biennial budget cycle – it may prove long on legal changes, judging by the agendas developed by practice ...

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