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What ‘Windsor’ means for Virginia’s same-sex couples

Same-sex couples want to be able to live wherever they choose and have their relationships recognized in the same manner as heterosexual couples. They and their supporters have carried this fight to statehouses and federal courts around the country. Currently ...

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Condemnation split company’s property into separate parcels – $9,500,000 Settlement (access required)

Higgerson Buchanan is a multi-faceted construction company, established in 1946, and located in Chesapeake. It operates from a 207-acre intermodal facility located between Dominion Boulevard and the Elizabeth River. Higgerson uses its large acreage in several integrated ways. It operates ...

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College student struck by vehicle in new campus crosswalk – $3,675,000 Settlement (access required)

On a rainy night, plaintiff, a full-time college student, was crossing with a friend in a crosswalk across a newly constructed roadway on campus when she was struck by a vehicle and severely injured. The crosswalk and adjacent signalized intersection ...

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Windows XP users need to be wary of April 8 (access required)

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April 8 may be a holiday for hackers, who could be poised to take advantage of computer users – including some law firms – who are still using the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft has announced that on April 8, ...

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Marriage 101 for family lawyers (access required)


Those of us who have been in the trenches of family law practice for decades have lots of experience with bad marriages.  We each probably know more gruesome details about marriage breakups than we care to remember.  Nagging.  Laziness.  Sloppiness.  ...

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Modular home lifted from foundation during tornado – $1,711,741 Verdict (access required)

The decedent purchased a modular home from the defendant. During the tornado that hit Gloucester in April 2011, the home was lifted off its foundation, flew through the air for several yards and flew through the garage where the decedent ...

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Plaintiff underwent two wrist surgeries after crash – $190,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 30-year-old female, was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by another vehicle. Both drivers claimed to have had the green light. The driver who struck the plaintiff’s vehicle was intoxicated. However, two eyewitnesses indicated that the ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On Jan. 30, the Virginia State Bar Third District subcommittee, section II, issued a public reprimand with terms to D. Hayden Fisher of Richmond for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping property, and declining or terminating representation. This ...

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