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Review Granted for May (access required)

Review Granted provides a brief synopsis of recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. This feature appears in the last issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly each month. The information provided comes from the successful ...

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Filing for comp waives all doctor/patient privileges (access required)

A claimant who files for workers’ compensation waives the physician-patient privilege not only as to the “Independent Medical Examiner,” but as to all treating doctors, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. Because the treating ...

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Feds can use conversion to target lawyer's fee (access required)

Criminal defense lawyers who already spent a $100,000 legal fee from a drug defendant may be liable for conversion, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. In a fee-forfeiture fight that began in 1992, the 4th Circuit reversed ...

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Tip: How to practice defensive criminal law (access required)

The lawyers at Moffitt, Zwerling were not the only criminal defense lawyers who worried last week about having to defend themselves against prosecutors and former clients. Even if a lawyer is not worried about accepting a tainted fee, she must ...

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Doctor couldn't be expert on nursing-home care (access required)

A doctor could not qualify as an expert on nursing-home care where he had a clinical practice in family medicine, but had not treated nursing-home patients for almost 10 years, a Chesterfield Circuit judge has ruled. In this medical-malpractice case, ...

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Scenes from the Fairfax Bar Ass'n Convention (access required)

A trip to the mountains in mid-May is supposed to be a respite, a rush of cool mountain air, a gulp of freshness even. So why was it so doggone hot at the Homestead from May 9 to 11 for ...

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News in Brief for May 20, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Actions The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has suspended the license of Annandale lawyer John Frank Pitrelli for four years, effective March 29. The order entered by the board stated that Pitrelli had been convicted of making a ...

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Defense notches win on accident reports (access required)

A car-crash plaintiff cannot obtain discovery of the defendant’s statement given to his liability carrier’s adjuster three days after the accident, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. This discovery question has percolated through Circuit Courts across the state in the ...

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And two others deny discovery (access required)

The McCullough case is one of a trio of defense victories on the accident-report discovery issue reported in this edition of Virginia Lawyers Weekly. And that case is not the first defense win in Fairfax in the accident-report wars. In ...

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State claim allowed for retaliation (access required)

A worker who claims he was fired for refusing to participate in racial discrimination can sue for wrongful discharge under state law, a Chesapeake Circuit judge has ruled. The case is apparently the first to allow a retaliation claim to ...

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