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The Debat Over UPL # 183: CON (access required)

…Upon occasion, I work with relocation companies in the course of their selling properties. In these instances I function under a power of attorney on behalf of sellers at the actual closing. Many of these closings have been conducted by ...

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Rigsby slams UPL 183 (access required)

The Virginia State Bar UPL opinion that would declare a real estate closing to be the practice of law has run into an unexpected opponent: The VSB’s head lawyer, Bar Counsel Michael L. Rigsby. An attempt by the bar to ...

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Juror can be struck for wealth (access required)

A black rape defendant can strike a prominent white business executive from a jury because his lawyer thought the businessman could not “relate to a person of the defendant’s standing,” the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The defense lawyer’s ...

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Commissioner can't derail an `irregular' foreclosure (access required)

A commissioner of accounts cannot withhold approval of a deed of trust foreclosure accounting because of an irregularity in the sale, a Prince William Circuit judge has ruled. The scope of a commissioner’s authority as to such accountings has been ...

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Unauthorized disclosure of records is med-mal (access required)

The unauthorized release of medical records is medical malpractice, a Fairfax Circuit Court judge has ruled. He awarded $100,000 in damages to a woman whose medical records were turned over to a hospital’s lawyer, an ex-employee of the hospital and ...

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Fired worker with HIV can try his ADA claim (access required)

A former bank employee can try his claim that he was illegally fired because he was infected with HIV, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The employee, who worked in the bank’s trust sales department, alleged that ...

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After 16 years of waiting, Jones gets gavel (access required)

ABINGDON – Sixteen years after his first nomination to the federal bench, James P. Jones was so excited about his confirmation before the U.S. Senate that he could hardly stay awake. Jones sat at home watching C-SPAN2’s live Senate coverage ...

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The Mullins myth: Family law & attorney's fees (access required)

Guest Column by Dennis M. Hottell and Carolyn T. Hogans The rules on awarding attorney’s fees may be changing in family law cases, according to some family law practitioners. Specifically, a question has been raised regarding whether establishing the reasonableness ...

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News in Brief for Sept. 30, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Action Clarence F. Stanback Jr., an Arlington lawyer and member of the Virginia State Bar Council, has had his Virginia law license suspended, effective Sept. 19. According to the order of the VSB Disciplinary Board, Stanback was disbarred ...

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Supreme Court continues limits on use of experts (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court continues to hold the line on expert testimony. In two cases released Sept. 13, the high court struck the use of experts, in each instance reversing a trial judge who admitted the testimony. In a Stafford ...

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