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Immigrants, duped in house sale, win fraud suit (access required)

A Fairfax jury has awarded $225,000 to a Cambodian couple who received only $3,000 for the sale of their $285,000 house in Vienna. The lawsuit accused a title company, its owner, two purchasers and a mortgage company of defrauding the ...

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Temp lawyering offers flexibility, lacks security (access required)

An attorney moves from the fast-paced suburbs of a large city to an area of the state where jobs aren’t as plentiful. A “temporary” solution to her employment problem could lead to permanent satisfaction. Deborah Jordan practiced in Northern Virginia ...

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News in Brief for 11/13/95 (access required)

Yet more venue litigation Parts is parts, but coming to Richmond to pick up parts can get you hauled into the city’s courts. In the latest installment of the long-playing battle over venue in Richmond, a concrete manufacturer with plants ...

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'Use' of car narrowed (access required)

A police officer shot during a traffic stop did not have uninsured-motorist coverage because the gunman was not “using” his car, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. In another insurance case decided the same day, an employee who drove to ...

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Volunteer for charity immune (access required)

The cloak of charitable immunity covers a charity’s volunteers, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in a case of first impression. As a result, a Red Cross volunteer who crashed while driving a woman to an appointment is immune from ...

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Student challenges school's 'charity' status (access required)

Volunteers receive the protection of charitable immunity under the Supreme Court’s Moore decision only if they perform good deeds for an organization that qualifies as a charity. Thus, the threshold question is: What is a “charity”? This issue underlies another ...

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'Pay-when-paid' clause OK in building contract (access required)

“Pay-when-paid” construction contracts are legal, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. Under these contracts, a general contractor does not pay a subcontractor until the owner actually pays him. But the parties must have agreed that payment by the owner to ...

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Lost contract yields $660K (access required)

A computer-repair company that prevailed in an important conspiracy case before the Virginia Supreme Court last January now has won a favorable jury verdict in Chesterfield Circuit Court. The verdict was not based on statutory conspiracy, however, even though the ...

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ID of experts, page limits changed in draft ED rules (access required)

The “rocket docket” in Virginia’s Eastern District has a new version of the local rules on the showroom floor with a turbo engine tweaked to run even more efficiently than before. The proposed rule revisions are not final yet, though. ...

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Loudoun plaintiff can't reach statement to carrier (access required)

Can a plaintiff get a statement taken after an accident by an insurance company or business? The issue is not a new one, but it has been getting more attention this year thanks to a pair of opinions from Northern ...

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