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SCC letter shocks real estate industry (access required)

Title companies were hit by a bolt of lightning earlier this month when the State Corporation Commission issued an administrative letter that declares a common insurance practice illegal. Commissioner of Insurance Stephen T. Foster announced that title underwriters are “monoline ...

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Third party can sue for bad faith (access required)

A couple can bring a claim as third-party beneficiaries against an insurance company for breach of its duty of good faith and fair dealing, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The insurance company delayed payment on a claim for damage ...

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Carpal comp rests on when symptoms arose (access required)

Workers’ compensation coverage for carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion conditions depends on whether symptoms arise suddenly or over time, under a Court of Appeals decision issued last week. Although the Supreme Court has denied compensation for repetitive trauma ...

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Koontz won't hear appeal (access required)

The dissent by then-Judge Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. in the workers’ comp case of McCutchan may provide cold comfort for employers. Koontz’s dissent disavowed the line of post-Piedmont cases recognizing carpal tunnel as an occupational disease. But his vote on ...

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Sentencing options are multiplying (access required)

Criminal-defense lawyers can offer new sentencing alternatives to some of their convicted clients under statutory changes that went into effect July 1. Defense lawyers must come up with a sentencing plan for plea negotiations or for a hearing, and “we ...

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