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Experts can't testify on the ultimate issue (access required)

Two doctors should not have been allowed to testify that the wounds a plaintiff sustained after falling off a jet ski were caused by a rotating propeller on a rescue boat, the Virginia Supreme Court has held. The doctors’ opinions ...

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Va. CLE forecasts $250K loss (access required)

What the Virginia State Bar giveth, Virginia CLE taketh away? Though lawyers soon will be spending $10 less on annual bar dues, they could be spending more to complete their mandatory CLE hours. Virginia CLE, the non-profit organization responsible for ...

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Judge erred in slashing verdict 90% (access required)

A trial judge’s 90-percent reduction of a jury’s slander verdict was improper, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The jury awarded $10,000 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitives to the man, who had been called a liar and a ...

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No workers' comp for carpal tunnel (access required)

Repetitive-motion injuries such as “carpal tunnel syndrome” are not covered by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in a long-awaited case. The high court reversed comp awards in three consolidated cases argued in January. Speaking ...

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Claimants' attorneys ponder next move (access required)

Last week, claimant’s lawyers were still hoping the General Assembly would add coverage for carpal tunnel syndrome to the Workers’ Comp Act. After Stenrich was decided March 1, House Majority Leader C. Richard Cranwell, D-Roanoke County, revived an earlier bill ...

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Man's noncompete ensnares his wife (access required)

A woman must pay liquidated damages under an agreement that she never signed, her husband’s noncompete, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. Both the husband and the wife worked for the same employer, until she quit and started a competing ...

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Do-it-yourself mock trial nets $4.5M settlement (access required)

Lawyers can spend thousands of dollars on trial consultants who will conduct surveys or hold mock trials to determine the worth of a particular case. Louisa attorney Charles F. Purcell just did it himself — and he has a $4.5 ...

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Man has no Title VII claim against male boss (access required)

A man claiming his male supervisor sexually harassed him did not state a Title VII claim, the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled. The three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit agreed that the plaintiff, a photo technician, was subjected ...

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News inBrief for March 11, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Actions The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has suspended the law license of Charles F. Roney of Herndon. Roney previously had been suspended, with execution stayed pending a suspension in California. Roney has resigned his California bar membership, ...

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VSB votes dues cut–Council approves $800K for Clients' Fund (access required)

Practicing law in Virginia just got cheaper. The Virginia State Bar Council voted Feb. 23 to lower annual bar dues from $185 to $175. Assuming quick approval of the proposal by the Virginia Supreme Court, lawyers will see the $10 ...

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