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Debtor gets exemption despite intentional tort (access required)

A nurse who bought a car after receiving a big pay advance, then ran to Bankruptcy Court when her employer tried to recoup the advance, nevertheless may keep the car, a bankruptcy judge in Alexandria has ruled. The reason? Her ...

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Bankruptcy filings hit new record again (access required)

Bankruptcy filings are higher in Virginia than ever before, and filings continued to climb during the first six months of 1996, posting a 25 percent increase over the same period last year. The increase is happening even as the nation’s ...

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News Analysis: Hearing loss comp barred (access required)

How dead is workers’ comp recovery for cumulative trauma? Really dead, according to an opinion released last week by the Virginia Court of Appeals. The demise now extends from “repetitive motion” claims, such as the commonplace carpal tunnel syndrome, to ...

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Trigon conversion may spell trouble for elderly (access required)

Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield is in the final laps in its bid to convert into a for-profit company. Trigon policyholders were to vote last Friday on the change, and the State Corporation Commission will begin public hearings on the ...

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Carrier pays for putting bottom line before patient (access required)

Where an insurer denied benefits to a plaintiff’s brain-injured child based on financial, not medical reasons, it breached fiduciary duties as an ERISA plan administrator, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 26. The decision could affect coverage ...

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News in Brief for Sept. 9 (access required)

Gatewood joins VLW as assistant editor Christopher E. Gatewood has joined Virginia Lawyers Weekly as Assistant Editor. Previously, he worked for the Associated Press in its Richmond bureau, writing and editing news, sports and feature stories. He is a 1995 ...

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Negligent infliction of distress claim OK (access required)

by Baker McClanahan, News Editor A hearing-impaired man taunted by his boss about his disability can sue for negligent infliction of emotional distress, a federal judge in Charlottesville has ruled. While negligent infliction of emotional distress is routinely pled in ...

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…But suit for discharge due to disability is struck (access required)

by Baker McClanahan, News Editor In the Shiflett case above, Judge James H. Michael Jr. also dismissed a wrongful discharge claim grounded on disability discrimination. Case law from the Virginia Supreme Court allows a discharge claim for a violation of ...

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News Analysis: Both sides notch a win on discovery (access required)

Two more decisions have been reported in the continuing battle over access to an insurance carrier’s accident reports and post-accident statements. And like so many other cases on the issue, the results are inconclusive. It’s a tie – one more ...

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Bank denied lawyer fees due to hole in guaranty (access required)

Even though a note provided for attorney’s fees, a bank could not collect them from a guarantor, because the guaranty did not provide for them, a Loudoun County Circuit judge has ruled. The guaranty referred only to collection of “charges ...

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