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House kills increase in insurance minimums (access required)

Last Monday, the House killed a bill that would have increased automobile liability insurance minimums for personal injury. Under Va. Code § 46.2-472, a vehicle owner’s policy must provide at least $25,000/$50,000 coverage — $25,000 for injury to one person ...

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Pregnancy Discharge Lawsuit Allowed, 4-3 (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A woman claiming she was fired for getting pregnant and having a baby can sue her former employer for wrongful discharge, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled, 4-3. The majority found that she stated ...

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Bill seeks to change "accrual" date (access required)

The Senate has referred a bill to its Courts of Justice Committee which would change a right of action’s “accrual” date for purposes of applying statutes of limitations in tort actions. Senate Bill 686 would amend the general accrual statute, ...

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Bill drafters stay busy (access required)

Legislators filed nearly 300 more bill-drafting requests this year than in the last short session two years ago, but fell well short of the record set in 1993. By last Monday’s 5 p.m. drafting deadline, lawmakers had asked the Division ...

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Committee votes to give up legislative immunity (access required)

A constitutional amendment that would strip legislators of their immunity from criminal arrest while the assembly is in session was approved Tuesday by a Senate committee. The proposal will now be debated by the Senate. The proposal’s sponsor, Sen. Charles ...

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Have your say (access required)

If you have some sage advice to add to the political sausage, you can call the General Assembly’s toll-free Constituent Viewpoint hotline: 1-800-889-0229. The hotline is operated by the legislature and is designed to provide citizens the opportunity to express ...

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Expert Can Testify On Causation (access required)

By Baker McClanahan, News Editor An accountant should have been allowed to testify that a car dealership’s lost profits were caused by the unexpected departure of its used car manager, the Virginia Supreme Court has held. The court determined that ...

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'Bailey' Case Indicates 'Lockhart' Is Here To Stay (access required)

On Jan. 10, in Bailey v. Scott-Gallaher, Inc., (VLW 097-6-001), the Virginia Supreme Court by a 4-3 decision allowed a Roanoke woman alleging she was fired for getting pregnant to sue for wrongful discharge under the Bowman exception. The court’s ...

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Court-appointed Pay Would Get Big Boost (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Court-appointed lawyers would get a big pay hike under a bill approved by the Courts of Justice Committee of the House of Delegates. For the first time, judges would get the authority to reimburse ...

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Car Rental Shop's Policy Covers Wreck (access required)

Even though a woman who wrecked a rental car declined the optional liability insurance available in her contract, the rental agency still must provide her coverage, an Arlington Circuit judge has ruled. She is covered by an insurance policy the ...

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