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News in Brief for Jan. 22, 1996 (access required)

Trial judge yanks civil conspiracy verdict Three civil-conspiracy defendants who lost a round before the Virginia Supreme Court last year, then struck out before a jury, now have garnered a victory from a trial judge. The judge set aside a ...

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Statute required for Bowman claim (access required)

A repairman who was fired because he refused to fix a car in a manner he considered unsafe cannot sue under the Bowman public-policy exception, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The repairman failed to identify a statute establishing a ...

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Admissions can't be based on depositions (access required)

A defendant in a wrongful-death suit cannot serve requests for admissions that are based on discovery depositions, a Buchanan County Circuit judge has ruled. The judge refused to allow this paper discovery because he found it was improper under Virginia ...

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Suspension law invalid against girl (access required)

A high-school girl charged with drunken driving has successfully challenged Virginia’s seven-day license suspension statute. A Henrico Juvenile & Domestic Relations judge earlier this month declared the law unconstitutional when applied to juveniles. The flaw is jurisdictional, according to the ...

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Assembly Update for Jan. 15, 1996 (access required)

Beyer can break Senate ties, U.Va. law prof says While the Senate struggled last week to figure out how to divide power between 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats, the Democrats’ potential trump card gained a little extra leverage, thanks to ...

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