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News in Brief for 11/27/95 (access required)

Dead woman’s estate wins compensation under 13th Century doctrine VIRGINIA BEACH–The family of a woman who was killed while helping a highway accident victim has been awarded benefits under a rarely used legal doctrine that dates to 13th century England. ...

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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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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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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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No affidavits for summary judgment (access required)

A last-minute plea by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association may have helped sink a proposal to allow affidavits to support summary judgment. The Virginia Supreme Court rejected the proposal without explanation. The VTLA submitted written comments to the court after ...

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