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New cases offer how-to course on objections (access required)

Every trial lawyer understands the necessity of lodging objections to preserve issues for appeal. And most are probably confident that they know how to make a proper objection. Even those lawyers, though, might want to take a “refresher course” on ...

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News in Brief for June 17, 1996 (access required)

Court rejects exhumation to prove paternity The Virginia Supreme Court has rejected a woman’s bid to exhume a man’s body to prove she is his illegitimate daughter and claim a share of his estate. Christine Trent Majied was seeking two-thirds ...

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NOVA Law: Baltimore firm beefs up Northern VA operation (access required)

The leases were up, so Miles & Stockbridge decided to pack up and move its Washington, D.C., and Fairfax offices. The Fairfax move will expand the Baltimore-based firm’s presence in Northern Virginia. The firm’s Washington office will move to the ...

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News in Brief for June 10, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Actions Washington, D.C. lawyer Jesse L. Woodard voluntarily petitioned the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board to surrender his Virginia law license on May 22. The board accepted the petition and entered an order on that date revoking Woodard’s ...

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Negligent retention claim OK (access required)

Where a department store chain transferred a supervisor who had been accused of sexual harassment, a woman at his new store can sue the company for negligent retention after the supervisor allegedly harassed her, a Norfolk Circuit judge has ruled. ...

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Real estate closing is the 'practice of law' (access required)

Conducting a real estate closing is the practice of law, according to the draft opinion released May 28 by the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. If approved by the VSB Council and the Virginia ...

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Lawyers and lay closers gird for the next round (access required)

The release of UPL Opinion #183 touched off yet another rumble between real estate lawyers and lay settlement agents and their allies. The opinion concluded that conducting a real estate closing is the practice of law. This position is precisely ...

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Med-mal defendant wins case, seeks $11 in costs, gets but $200 (access required)

A med-mal defendant who won a jury verdict and wants to recoup some costs is limited to fees for the sheriff, the court clerk and a private process server, a Norfolk Circuit judge has ruled. The court rebuffed a nurse’s ...

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Scoring 10 (access required)

Last week, Virginia Lawyers Weekly completed its first 10 years of service to the lawyers, judges and legal professionals in the commonwealth. Birthdays are always fun, because you can look back on where you’ve been. Since our first issue on ...

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Liquidated damages open to attack, despite waiver (access required)

A business cannot agree to waive a defense to a contract claim for liquidated damages, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The court assumed that the two contracting businesses, an electric utility and a company that sold power, were sophisticated ...

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