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Making new traditions can ease holiday changes (access required)

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Where and how children spend the holidays can be a contentious issue in a divorce, but family law practitioners recommend emphasizing a focus on what’s best for the children and the creation of new traditions. “Everybody really needs to be ...

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$2.5M lawn mower death verdict upheld (access required)

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After court battles over delayed discovery information and the “apparent manufacturer” doctrine, a jury’s $2.5 million verdict for a widow has been affirmed by a federal appeals court. The widow’s 88-year-old husband died after being engulfed in flames while using ...

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Arbitration rejected for nursing home case (access required)

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A Portsmouth judge has ruled that Virginia law prevails over the Federal Arbitration Act in a nursing home wrongful death case. The decision last month breaks with other Virginia circuit judges and comes amid litigation challenging a new federal agency ...

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Suspension of CPA’s license is reversed (access required)

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An accountant whose license was suspended has won reversal of that sanction because the Virginia Board of Accountancy did not clearly pro­vide advance notice that he could lose his personal license when he appeared before the board on a complaint ...

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Specialty dockets: Message received (access required)

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Virginia courts now have a rule to govern and limit creation of special­ty court dockets under the oversight of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court enacted the new rule Nov. 14. It becomes effective Jan. 16. While the rule’s ...

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Loans: learn how to negotiate for mutual benefit (access required)

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Rapid growth. Disaster recovery. Op­erating considerations. Technology ex­penditures. Those are all reasons that you might need a loan in the business of law. Get­ting a loan involves some groundwork, but if you have a good working relation­ship with your bank, ...

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Dealing with bias in the jury selection process (access required)

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After decades of the nation­al Chamber of Commerce, big business and insurance industry propaganda against tort litiga­tion and plaintiffs’ trial attorneys, many jurors have been tainted to one extent or another with an­ti-tort bias. The challenge is that the person ...

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Court chides law prof for case comments (access required)

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A Norfolk federal judge has scolded a law professor working on a civil rights case pending in the court for his discussion of a legal issue in the case during a program for new judicial law clerks. U.S. Magistrate Judge ...

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