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Judge could not block revival of lawsuit (access required)

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A dormant lawsuit – abandoned by the parties for four years – could be revived by the plaintiff by following a prescribed reinstatement procedure despite a judge’s misgivings. That was the ruling of the Supreme Court of Virginia, an outcome ...

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‘Suspicious’ prescription led to lawsuit (access required)

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Tighter rules on some kinds of drug prescriptions have put pharma­cists and law enforcement on alert for efforts to evade controls. Some­times their suspicions can lead to lawsuits, as in a recent case in Richmond federal court. Plaintiff Eve Davis ...

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Searching for a mutually unsatisfactory but acceptable solution (access required)

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A sense of control is key to decisions by parties and counsel to turn to alternative dispute resolution, whether they decide to arbitrate, or make the increasingly popular choice to mediate. If arbitration is a decision-making process that pres­ents an ...

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No finish line: The future of family law mediation

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In Tomorrow’s Lawyers, Richard Susskind writes, “It is exciting and yet disconcerting to contemplate that there is no finishing line for IT and the Internet.” Susskind’s observation is equally applicable to the fu­ture of family law mediation. Like the Internet ...

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Acting out of school (access required)

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A well-meaning effort to make college campuses safer may have spawned harsh procedures and penalties that ignore basic guarantees of fairness, some ad­vocates are saying. While many have welcomed campus changes that protect victims of sexual violence, others say some ...

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Protecting special needs clients during divorce (access required)

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Divorce lawyers running a checklist with new clients should not over­look planning for special-needs family members, say lawyers with expertise in preparing for such needs. Disability and special needs issues arise in more families every year, according to Arlington lawyer ...

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Five lessons from working with divorcing couples (access required)

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Handling negotiations between di­vorcing spouses is not work for the faint of heart. I finish each work day after these meetings feeling emo­tionally exhausted and, at times, unclear as to what has been ac­complished. With more time and reflection, I ...

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Tracking child-related costs? There’s an app for that (access required)

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The cost of raising children includes many ex­penses beyond the day-to-day, from summer camp tuition to medical bills to algebra tutors. But between divorcing parents, disputes over incidental costs that fall outside regular child support responsibilities can escalate quickly. An ...

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