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Judicial discretion and deviations (access required)

Preliminary data released last month by the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission indicates the Virginia Circuit Court judges are taking the legislature at its word. Consideration, not application, of the guidelines is mandatory. Judges are finding opportunities to impose sentences both ...

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Discovery delay gets $15K slap (access required)

Plaintiff gets its costs A Norfolk premises liability defendant has been hit with a $15,000 sanction to cover the plaintiff’s costs in tracking down information not provided in discovery. The sanction appears to be the largest in a state court ...

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SCC letter shocks real estate industry (access required)

Title companies were hit by a bolt of lightning earlier this month when the State Corporation Commission issued an administrative letter that declares a common insurance practice illegal. Commissioner of Insurance Stephen T. Foster announced that title underwriters are “monoline ...

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Third party can sue for bad faith (access required)

A couple can bring a claim as third-party beneficiaries against an insurance company for breach of its duty of good faith and fair dealing, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The insurance company delayed payment on a claim for damage ...

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REVIEW GRANTED (access required)

Review Granted provides a brief synopsis of recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. This feature appears in the last issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly each month. The information provided comes from the successful ...

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