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REVIEW GRANTED (access required)

Review Granted provides a brief synopsis of recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. This feature appears in the last issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly each month. The information provided comes from the successful ...

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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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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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Constructive discharge supports Bowman suit (access required)

The Bowman public-policy exception extends to cases of constructive discharge, two federal judges have ruled in separate cases. Each case allows an employee claiming she was “constructively discharged” due to sexual harassment to sue her employer for wrongful termination. The ...

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