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Virginia CLE to hike its seminar prices (access required)

When budgeting for your mandatory CLE requirements this coming year, be sure to set aside a little extra because the cost is going up. According to director Gary Wilbert, the price of live and teleconference seminars from Virginia CLE will ...

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Draft code of evidence circulated (access required)

Have you ever found yourself befuddled by Virginia’s law of evidence? Or have you ever been sure of an evidence rule but unable to put your finger quickly on the case or statute that stands for the point? If so, ...

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UPL opinion re adjuster's advice on UM is yanked (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH – The Virginia State Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee will reconsider a UPL opinion that would have prevented insurance adjusters from advising claimants about potential uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. Currently, adjusters can advise their policyholders about ...

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Intent to give wife gifts key to $950K E.D. award (access required)

Where a husband retitled his farm and two investment accounts to make his wife a co-owner and told her he had made her a “millionaire” by doing so, he intended to make a gift to his wife, the Virginia Court ...

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Default judgment estops tenant's further litigation (access required)

A tenant who suffered a default judgment in General District Court may be collaterally estopped from contesting liability under the lease in the landlord’s subsequent action for additional rent, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The tenant had argued that ...

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White males score discrimination wins (access required)

Two men – one in Northern Virginia and one on the Peninsula – have won substantial jury verdicts on separate claims that they were discriminated against because they are white and male. The verdicts, delivered a day apart, were rendered ...

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Prior DUI with flaws won't count (access required)

If jail time was served For a third-offense DUI prosecution, the state cannot use a prior DUI where the defendant had no lawyer and served two days in jail, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. Prior DUI convictions can be ...

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Destroyed evidence is no basis for dismissal (access required)

A trial judge erred in dismissing a plaintiff’s products liability case because her expert took a hacksaw to her Toyota pickup and destroyed the dashboard, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. Spoliation of evidence has become a hot topic in ...

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Court clarifies defense of 'sophisticated user' (access required)

Does not apply to ‘unreasonable danger’ claim A manufacturer of concrete conveyor units claimed to be unreasonably dangerous could not escape an $850,000 verdict by claiming the contractor who bought the units was a “sophisticated user” of the product, the ...

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Filing in Circuit Court OK after nonsuit below (access required)

A plaintiff who nonsuited her case in General District Court may increase her damages claim and refile in Circuit Court, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The plaintiff’s refiled case had been dismissed by a Henrico County Circuit judge. The ...

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