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Criminal lawyer can rely on current state of law (access required)

A lawyer who failed to check on appeals pending before the U.S. Supreme Court did not provide “ineffective assistance of counsel,” the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The appellate panel reversed a 1994 decision that ordered a ...

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Assembly Update for Feb. 12, 1996 (access required)

Typical legislator is a male, married, Baptist lawyer Del. William K. Barlow could be called a typical member of the General Assembly. He’s white, he’s a lawyer, he’s a married Baptist in his late 50s and fairly new to the ...

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Bowman claim allowed for age discrimination (access required)

A 79-year-old farm laborer who claims his employer fired him because of his age can sue in state court under the Bowman public-policy exception, a Fauquier County Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. As the ...

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Beach judges settle p.i. discovery spat (access required)

A Virginia Beach plaintiff’s lawyer is on a one-woman campaign to break open insurance files. For the past six months, Mary Jane Hall has been racking up plaintiff’s wins in a standard discovery contest in personal-injury cases: disclosure of statements ...

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Impoundment may be double jeopardy (access required)

In a case that recalls last year’s brouhaha over the DUI Double Jeopardy defense, the Court of Appeals will consider whether the administrative impoundment of a car owned by a driver charged with driving on a suspended license triggers double ...

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Debtor's car may be a 'tool of trade' (access required)

A bankrupt architect will get a second chance to prove that his 1990 Acura automobile is a “tool of his trade,” a U.S. District judge in Norfolk has ruled. The architect declared the car exempt from his bankruptcy estate when ...

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IRA withdrawal to pay lawyer is 'income' (access required)

Suppose one of your divorce clients takes some of the money awarded to her in the divorce, puts it into an Individual Retirement Account, then wants to withdraw some of it to pay you for past legal services. How do ...

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Blizzard damage is covered by insurance (access required)

Guest Column by Robert Carter & Michael Levine The effects of the Blizzard of 1996 will be with us for quite some time. Many property owners just now are discovering the consequences of collapsed or weakened roofs, broken gutters and ...

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Case weakens stay, but won't be boon for creditors (access required)

Guest Column by Eugene E. Derryberry A controversial U.S. District Court decision in Virginia has resulted from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s aside near the end of his opinion in Citizens Bank of Md. v. Strumpf, 116 S.Ct. 286 ...

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Assembly Update for Feb. 5, 1996 (access required)

Fee hike to fund family court approved A proposal to fund a new family court system by increasing district court filing fees won approval Jan. 24 from a state Senate committee. The General Assembly approved the family courts concept three ...

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