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DUI Double Jeopardy defense hits the ditch (access required)

The Court of Appeals rejected the DUI Double Jeopardy defense in an opinion issued last week. An 8-1 majority ruled that a license suspension after a driver is arrested for DUI does not constitute punishment that will trigger double jeopardy ...

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What's left after Tench (access required)

The double jeopardy defense is only one of several spawned by this year’s revisions to DUI law. Other defenses may continued to be argued, defense attorneys said. The most widely mentioned alternative argument is based on collateral estoppel. Under this ...

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VSB won't foot bill for legal aid (access required)

But bar will help lobby HOT SPRINGS–The Virginia State Bar will back efforts to increase state funding for legal aid programs, but it will not directly fund the programs itself. The VSB Council voted Oct. 20 to line up with ...

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Salary survey: Firms stay the course on hiring, pay (access required)

Whoever said “the more things change, the more they stay the same” must have been looking at Virginia’s legal job market. Though the year on the calendar is different, 1995 graduates have had about the same experience on the job ...

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Creditor gets truck's retail value in Ch. 13 plan (access required)

Debtors who keep a pickup truck under a chapter 13 repayment plan should repay the vehicle’s current retail value from the NADA Used Car Guide, a federal judge in Big Stone Gap has ruled. The decision represents a shift in ...

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Editor's Notebook: Named partners (access required)

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners just released the list of the 870 candidates who passed the July bar examination; these happy and relieved people will become real lawyers today at an admission ceremony to be held in Richmond. The ...

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Mom can't discharge fee for GAL, psychologist (access required)

A mother ordered to pay fees for a guardian ad litem and a psychologist used in a custody dispute cannot discharge those debts in bankruptcy, a Roanoke bankruptcy judge has ruled. Although the debt for the guardian ad litem was ...

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News in Brief for 10/30/95 (access required)

Fired store detective wins judgment A federal jury awarded $130,000 to a Wal-Mart detective who sued the store after being fired amid accusations that she stole thousands of dollars. Valerie L. Vaughan had said she was fired because she is ...

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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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Can plaintiff recoup economic losses for negligence? (access required)

BACKGROUND: Plaintiff contracted with defendant company to engineer, design and furnish an “afterburner” for use in a plant that remediates petroleum-contaminated soil. Plaintiff claimed the furnace provided did not function properly and sued the defendant company, as well as its ...

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