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AG wants to prosecute environmental crimes (access required)

ROANOKE–Attorney General James S. Gilmore III wants the General Assembly to give his office authority to prosecute environmental crimes. “The state should be in a position to enforce its own laws,” Gilmore told the Virginia Urban Forest Council’s annual meeting ...

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Internet Site For Virginia Lawyers (access required)

The full text of every opinion from the Virginia Supreme Court will be only one of many free features of a new Internet site for Virginia lawyers that debuts today at: http://www.virginialaw.com The site—called “VirginiaLaw”—will also allow lawyers from all ...

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Judge allows America Online to block "junk" (access required)

PHILADELPHIA–A Pennsylvania marketing firm does not have a First Amendment right to flood America Online subscribers with junk e-mail, a federal judge ruled last Monday. U.S. District Judge Charles R. Weiner said Vienna-based AOL, the nation’s largest provider of online ...

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Ballot questions, the follow-up (access required)

Last week’s elections at long last are over, with Virginians passing four of five constitutional amendments that were on the ballot. Two victims’ rights measures got voters’ approvement, as did a technical matter allowing easier compliance with federal motor-voter laws. ...

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Lawyers Weekly Now 'On-Line' (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is now available in a searchable electronic format. The new service, “Lawyers Weekly On-Line,” is an improved version of “Lawyers Weekly On-Disk.” The new “On-Line” service takes the “On-Disk” product and makes it even easer to use. ...

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Damages Limited To Fee Carrier Paid Provider (access required)

By Baker McClanahan, News Editor A plaintiff can only claim as damages the amount his doctor accepted from the insurance company, not the full amount of the doctor’s bill, according to judges in both Norfolk federal court and Chesterfield County ...

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Win On Bad Reference Is Reversed (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a $330,000 jury verdict based on a negative job reference. The court slammed the door on use of a tool plaintiff’s employment lawyers had hoped to use in ...

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Fracas Over UPL #183 Shifts to the Legislature (access required)

By Christopher Gatewood, Assistant Editor RICHMOND–Just two weeks after the Virginia State Bar Council decided that real estate closings are the practice of law, both lawyers and lay closers crowded into a state capitol hearing room to resume the debate ...

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Showing Lawyers That Using Internet Is Easy (access required)

If anything makes Erin Moran McCormick happy, it’s when her staff gets another award. “Here we are, a small company. And yet we’ve been acknowledged by two of the biggest Internet search engines, including America On-Line’s, for giving lawyers and ...

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Statement Discoverable After Lawyer Was In Case (access required)

A Hampton judge has weighed in on the battle over discovery of post-accident statements, with plaintiffs scoring a victory. The case presents a new twist: The plaintiff won even though the statement sought was taken by an insurance adjuster after ...

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