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State Farm Loses Again On Med-Pay (access required)

By Baker McClanahan, News Editor State Farm has taken another hit in a med-pay case, this time in Charlottesville General District Court. The company attempted to limit its payments to the amount the plaintiff’s doctors agreed to accept from her ...

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Settlement reached in wrong-knee surgery case (access required)

ROANOKE–When Julia Showalter awoke from surgery, she knew immediately that something was amiss–her right knee was covered with bandages. It was Showalter’s left knee that needed repair from a 1993 automobile accident. She later sued her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Bertram ...

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Mail-order venue OK in Richmond (access required)

Well, it’s only early November, but here’s a story from Richmond Circuit Court just in time for Christmas. You see, for catalog businesses, we’re already in the middle of prime time for mail-order holiday purchases. Actually, this item dovetails right ...

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Defense Bar Hones Argument (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Plaintiff’s lawyers should expect to see the argument made in the Crawford case again, perhaps sometime soon. Last month the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys featured a seminar at its annual meeting in Norfolk ...

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Retirement Contribution Was Income (access required)

A husband’s voluntary contributions to his retirement plan must be included in gross income when determining spousal support, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. A husband had contributed $30,000 from his gross income ...

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"Don't ask, don't tell" policy allowed to stand (access required)

WASHINGTON–The Supreme Court last week turned down a challenge by a homosexual former Navy officer to the Clinton administration’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military. The Court, without comment, rejected former Lt. Paul Thomasson’s argument that ...

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