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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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National group offers 'elder law' certification (access required)

For a while, some attorneys have called themselves “elder law attorneys,” but the term has meant different things to various lawyers. There has been no way thus far for the consumer to know what subjects a particular elder-law attorney knew. ...

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Comp covers man shot in bad part of town (access required)

The family of a custodian who was shot as he drove through a “dangerous” part of Leesburg after picking up his paycheck is entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The town manager testified for ...

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Fraud claim overcomes med-mal cap (access required)

Where a surgeon allegedly failed to tell a patient’s family that she operated on the wrong side of the patient’s brain, the patient can pursue a fraud claim with damages above the $1 million medical-malpractice cap, a Fairfax Circuit judge ...

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Driver's history gets DUI punitives to jury (access required)

A drunken driver who traveled from Baltimore to Loudoun County without incident before rear-ending a motorcyclist at a stop light has been tagged for $50,000 in punitives by jurors. According to the attorneys in the case, there was an unusual ...

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$3.8M tractor injury sets record in Abingdon (access required)

A Southwest Virginia man who lost his elbow joint and both heels when his tractor overturned was awarded $3.8 million by an Abingdon jury. The verdict is a federal court record for a personal-injury verdict in that town. The plaintiff’s ...

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New-home warranty lost in 'creative financing' (access required)

A “creative financing” scheme used by a McLean lawyer and his wife to purchase their dream house backfired when the couple lost a statutory warranty available on “new dwellings.” Rather than arranging conventional financing on the home, the couple and ...

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Buyer still beware (access required)

The ingenious buyers in Ell v. Moss not only had no warranty coverage on their new home under Virginia Code § 55-70.1. The court said they also failed to file their claims on time, in an apparent first look at ...

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