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Richmond judges split on use of sovereign immunity (access required)

Can a plaintiff sue an independent contractor working for a city or the state? Or can the contractor cloak itself in sovereign immunity? In Richmond, the answer may depend on which judge hears the case. During a two-week span, two ...

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Tip: Setting the Ad Damnum (access required)

Plaintiffs, be careful what you ask for… Personal-injury lawyers dream about million-dollar verdicts, but a high verdict can be a malpractice liability — or at least an embarrassment — if the attorney initially sued for less. After all, a plaintiff ...

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Summary judgment is high-stakes in employment law (access required)

Lawyers who handle employment discrimination cases have made summary-judgment practice the new high-stakes game in federal court. Roll the dice or spin the wheel. Behind door number one, your case may get to go before a studio audience, i.e., a ...

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Income imputed to jailed father with no resources (access required)

An incarcerated father with no income still must pay $255.27 per month in child support based solely on “imputed income,” a Clarke County Circuit judge has ruled. The father was imprisoned for sexually abusing his twin daughters. Now, the court ...

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DUI, Lockhart fall-out head year's top news stories (access required)

The old saw about laws being like sausage–you don’t really want to see either of them being made–seemed particularly appropriate in 1995. The twist this year was that lawyers tried their best to grind up two new laws after the ...

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Attorneys, settlement services trade barbs (access required)

The simmering feud in Virginia between real estate attorneys and settlement services has reached a full boil. And it is likely to spill over into the halls of the 1996 General Assembly. While the Virginia Real Estate Attorneys League was ...

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No order, but income imputed (access required)

A father who switched to a lower-paying job must have income imputed to him, even though there was no support order in place when he changed jobs, the Court of Appeals has ruled. This decision extends the landmark case of ...

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Jury tags title company for settlement agent's acts (access required)

A Fairfax jury has found a title company liable for the bad acts of its settlement agent who absconded with closing funds. The jury awarded more than $300,000 in both compensatory and punitive damages to the seller who never received ...

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ADA provides new weapon to attack $1M med-mal cap (access required)

Virginia’s medical-malpractice plaintiffs’ lawyers are developing a new attack on the commonwealth’s $1 million cap on med-mal damages. Their tool is the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here is the argument: Under constitutional law, a statute usually is invalid if it ...

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HOs will be in fast lane with new process on Jan. 1 (access required)

Clients who are convicted for a third predicate offense will face habitual offender status almost immediately under new procedures that take effect Jan. 1. The changes will allow the Department of Motor Vehicles and judges to identify potential habitual offenders ...

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