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UIM carrier is sued for pre-trial bad faith (access required)

An underinsured motorist carrier can be sued for failing to act in good faith in pre-trial negotiations, a Hampton Circuit judge has ruled. The plaintiff used a 1991 statute that permits a plaintiff to sue a carrier for a denial ...

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'Day' case lets dad end his support (access required)

A father who has shared custody of his children can use the new legal definition of what constitutes a “day” to eliminate his child support obligation, a Loudoun County Circuit judge has ruled. The father was able to overturn a ...

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Veto scraps regulation of lay settlement agents (access required)

Gov. George Allen has vetoed a bill that would have required state regulation of lay settlement agents that conduct real estate closings. The surprise veto dealt a blow to the Virginia Real Estate Attorneys League. Unanimous passage of House Bill ...

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Refusal case may revive DUI defense (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court will have an opportunity to consider whether the administrative suspension of a driver’s license can give rise to double jeopardy. Earlier this month, the high court refused to hear an appeal in Commonwealth v. Tench, a ...

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Lawyer sanctioned, fined for filing discharge suit (access required)

A Richmond lawyer and his client have been sanctioned and fined $5,000 each for filing a wrongful-discharge suit without enough evidence to make out a case. The plaintiff claimed she had been fired from her job at a rest home ...

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Screening cases helps lawyers avoid sanctions (access required)

When sanctions are levied against a lawyer, as they were against a Richmond employment attorney earlier this month, many others hold up a mirror and ask, “Could it have been me?” The answer may depend on the lawyer’s methods for ...

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Title VII plaintiff can go to jury on distress claim (access required)

A Title VII sexual-harassment plaintiff can go to a jury on her state claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, a federal judge in Harrisonburg has ruled. While a claim for emotional distress as part of a harassment suit is ...

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Weary judge decries domestic game-playing (access required)

A Loudoun County judge has tagged a Northern Virginia man with nearly $5,200 of his wife’s legal tab following a messy child support contempt proceeding. After the matter was settled, the judge offered a number of weary observations about domestic ...

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First-quarter bankruptcy filings set record in W.D. (access required)

Bankruptcy remains a booming business in the western part of Virginia as debtors continue to file in the Western District at a record rate. Filings jumped 31 percent for the first quarter of 1996, compared to the same time period ...

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Federal agency can't assess debtor for fee (access required)

A debtor who works for a federal agency does not have to pay a $50 “administrative fee” for the agency to withhold money from the debtor’s wages, a Norfolk bankruptcy judge has ruled. In a case of first impression, the ...

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