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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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Lockhart amendments held not retroactive (access required)

Two cases in Roanoke, one federal and one state, have reached opposite conclusions on whether a 1995 statute designed to curtail wrongful discharge claims is retroactive. In the state case, the judge found that the new law was not retroactive, ...

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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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'Discretion' defined for grant of default judgment (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE–A default judgment may seem like an easy way for a plaintiff to coast to victory against a defendant who is slow to respond to a lawsuit. But in the commonwealth, it is not always clear when a party can ...

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Scenes from the Boyd-Graves conference (access required)

Despite two studies since 1990 on Virginia’s appellate jurisdiction, the 1995 Boyd-Graves Conference recommended a new legislative study of appellate capacity. In 1990, a legislative subcommittee basically endorsed the status quo, with primary civil appellate jurisdiction remaining in the Virginia ...

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NOVA Law: UPL change reconciles rule, business reality (access required)

A Baltimore attorney without a Virginia license has a corporate client. The attorney routinely advises the corporation on products liability issues arising around the country. Once in a while the attorney goes to one of the corporation’s offices, located in ...

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Do as we say… Burger could have used a good T & E attorney (access required)

If the cobbler’s children go without shoes, lawyers have their own variation on that theme: A lawyer’s children pay big bucks to “Uncle Sam and Aunt Virginia” when the lawyer dies without a will or with a poor excuse for ...

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Notice of state tort claim needn't pinpoint location (access required)

A notice of a tort claim against the commonwealth need not state the precise location where an injury occurred, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. Instead, a notice that indicates the nature and location of an injury by “a fair ...

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