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NOVA LAW: DC lawyer slammed for lack of investigation (access required)

A Washington, D.C., attorney who took “her client’s conjecture as gospel” that a cable converter box had started a deadly fire received a $5,000 sanction for bringing a groundless claim in federal court. The judge dismissed the lawsuit, filed by ...

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High tech, low cost: E-mail has edge on faxing (access required)

This is the first in a two-part series on how lawyers can use the Internet. The second part, on research and marketing, will appear in the Dec. 25 issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Phone calls to Asia don’t come cheap. ...

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News in Brief for 11/27/95 (access required)

Dead woman’s estate wins compensation under 13th Century doctrine VIRGINIA BEACH–The family of a woman who was killed while helping a highway accident victim has been awarded benefits under a rarely used legal doctrine that dates to 13th century England. ...

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Title VII: Same-sex harassment is covered (access required)

In the Ecklund case above, the judge also ruled that Title VII covers same-sex harassment. The Alexandria federal judge held that a woman who alleges she was sexually harassed by another woman can sue her employer under Title VII. In ...

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No affidavits for summary judgment (access required)

A last-minute plea by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association may have helped sink a proposal to allow affidavits to support summary judgment. The Virginia Supreme Court rejected the proposal without explanation. The VTLA submitted written comments to the court after ...

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Fredericksburg bar OKs local spousal-support rules (access required)

Attorneys in Fredericksburg have enthusiastically endorsed the use of local spousal-support guidelines. The Family Law Committee of the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association voted 13-2 to recommend that area judges adopt the pendente lite formula used in Harrisonburg. Those guidelines were ...

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Giving a jury forecast (access required)

The average jury is about as predictable as the weather. A lawyer who fears jurors are going to rain all over his case is sometimes surprised by a burst of sunshine when the verdict is announced. Or, a lawyer who ...

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Necessary parties must be named to impeach will (access required)

A daughter’s suit to challenge her father’s will was dismissed because she failed to name the executor and other beneficiaries as defendants within the one-year statute of limitations, a Loudoun Circuit judge has ruled. Failure to name these necessary parties ...

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How do forensic chemists detect 'record tampering'? (access required)

Lawyers should be interested in the forensic examination of disputed records for three reasons: 1. Case value. 2. Perjury avoidance. 3. Due diligence in court. Many attorneys are aware that forensic document examiners can determine the authenticity of a signature ...

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News in Brief for 11/20/95 (access required)

Rehearing sought in DUI Double Jeopardy case Defense attorneys have asked the Court of Appeals to rehear their arguments supporting the DUI Double Jeopardy defense. The attorneys asked the court to reconsider its decision in Tench v. Commonwealth (VLW 095-7-739). ...

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