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NOVA Law: Gun permits spark cross-fire at Fairfax Bar lunch (access required)

FAIRFAX–Lawyers who belong to the Fairfax Bar Association ate lunch in a political minefield Sept. 21. The topic du jour was the new law that makes it easier to obtain concealed-weapon permits in Virginia. Fairfax Bar President Glenn C. Lewis ...

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Bowman claim can be based on federal statute (access required)

A man who claims he was fired for refusing to participate in illegal billing practices under a government contract can go forward on his wrongful-discharge Bowman claim, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The judge rejected defense arguments that Bowman, ...

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Alexandria HVAC firm wins $220K for defamation (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit judge has awarded $220,000 to an Alexandria heating and air conditioning company that claimed notices posted in a condominium complex interfered with its business. The defamation suit alleged that the heating company suffered financial losses because of ...

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'Virtual evidence' materializes in Virginia (access required)

It slices, it dices — it even makes julienne fries. Well, not exactly. But a 3-D graphics presenter can do just about anything else, according to attorneys who use it for demonstrative evidence. It is an overgrown overhead projector that ...

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News in Brief for 10/2/95 (access required)

Double jeopardy issue reaches appeals court The constitutionality of Virginia’s driver’s license-suspension statute reached the Court of Appeals Sept. 21. In the first challenge to the new law to reach the appellate court, attorneys argued whether the suspension of a ...

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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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'Community caretaker' rebuffed by high court (access required)

A state trooper could not use the “community caretaker” doctrine to stop a vehicle moving forward partly on the shoulder and partly on a private yard, the Supreme Court has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. Because the ...

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Legal aid, blaming cuts, may ask VSB for money (access required)

ALEXANDRIA–Facing large cuts in federal funding, legal aid programs in the commonwealth may ask the Virginia State Bar to help foot the bill. At its Sept. 15 meeting, the VSB Executive Committee heard a plea from Charles E.K. Vasaly, executive ...

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Medical Malpractice: Notice filed before change saves claim (access required)

Medical-malpractice plaintiffs who have been holding their breath since July 1, 1993, now can exhale. Plaintiffs who filed a “notice of claim” before that date still have viable cases, despite the 1993 overhaul of the med-mal statute. In a case ...

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