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Hurt tenant sues complex after threats (access required)

Duty to protect arose An injured tenant can sue an apartment complex after a manager heard specific threats and failed to protect her from an assault by another tenant, a Virginia Beach Circuit judge has ruled. Landlords in Virginia generally ...

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Woman hit in racing pit sets Augusta p.i. record (access required)

BY Patricia Flatley, Assistant Editor In what is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict ever in Augusta County, a jury has awarded $250,000 to a woman hit by a trailer in the pit area of a racetrack. The ...

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Trailer owner can't strip lien, pay market value (access required)

A mobile-home owner cannot “strip down” the amount he owes on the trailer in a Chapter 13 plan and leave the lender’s loan secured to the amount of fair market value, a federal judge in Lynchburg has ruled. Too many ...

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Fairfax now biggest and fastest circuit (access required)

The joint is jumpin’ in Fairfax. Not only is Fairfax Circuit Court the state’s busiest trial court, it is also the fastest, according to statistics compiled in the just-released 1995 State of the Judiciary Report. Fairfax’s case-tracking system, which includes ...

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Computer, not guns, important to family life (access required)

Back in the pioneer days, nobody would have thought nothin’ about a man havin’ to have his pistol and his rifle to protect his family. You never knew when critters would show up. Fast forward 200 years or so. A ...

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VBA: $1K to burned churches (access required)

HOT SPRINGS – The Virginia Bar Association presented a $1,000 donation to the special fund established by Attorney General James S. Gilmore III to help rebuild and restore houses of worship that have been burned or vandalized throughout the state. ...

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News in Brief for July 22, 1996 (access required)

Group offers $25K to tobacco whistleblowers WASHINGTON – An anti-smoking group is trying a radical tactic to increase pressure on embattled tobacco executives: It’s offering $25,000 to anyone who provides information leading to convictions for “cigarette-related felonies.” The Justice Department ...

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Grisham's Runaway Jury is not a runaway success (access required)

The premise behind John Grisham’s The Runaway Jury would make any trial lawyer whose living depends on the decision of that unpredictable group quake in his or her boots. But I really shouldn’t tell you the premise behind The Runaway ...

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JLARC: Pay magistrates more, keep duties the same (access required)

By Jean McNair, Associated Press Virginia’s magistrates are looking for a little respect. They are on duty or on call for long hours, including holidays and weekends. They decide whether to send people to jail and whether to allow police ...

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News Analysis: A coda to the JLARC saga (access required)

The face of the Virginia State Bar has changed, according to its outgoing president, Michael W. Smith of Richmond. Last week Smith appeared before the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on behalf of the VSB to give a brief ...

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