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Getting house and support could turn into double-dip (access required)

A double-dip may be the portion of choice when visiting an ice-cream parlor, but lawyers should beware of “double-dipping” while in divorce court, according to several experts in domestic relations law. “Double-dipping” occurs when a divorce court “awards an asset, ...

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News in Brief for 9/18/95 (access required)

VSB-endorsed insurance adds PPO The Virginia State Bar Medical Plan has added a preferred provider organization option effective Oct. 1. The coverage is available to VSB members, families and staffs. The VSB’s traditional and PPO medical insurance programs are underwritten ...

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Guest Column: Add ADR to your business contracts before disputes arise (access required)

By William C. Barrett III Many legal conflicts arise between people or between institutions whose interactions are episodic, or unplanned–personal injury, for example, or disputes between competitors who are not linked by privity of contract. In such instances alternative dispute ...

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Sample dispute clause (access required)

10. Mediation / Arbitration 10.1 In order to expedite the prompt resolution of any dispute, controversy or claim (hereafter referred to as “dispute”) which may arise under this agreement, the parties mutually agree that the procedure set forth below will ...

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Carpal comp rests on when symptoms arose (access required)

Workers’ compensation coverage for carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion conditions depends on whether symptoms arise suddenly or over time, under a Court of Appeals decision issued last week. Although the Supreme Court has denied compensation for repetitive trauma ...

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Koontz won't hear appeal (access required)

The dissent by then-Judge Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. in the workers’ comp case of McCutchan may provide cold comfort for employers. Koontz’s dissent disavowed the line of post-Piedmont cases recognizing carpal tunnel as an occupational disease. But his vote on ...

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For shared custody, a "day" is 24-hour stretch (access required)

A father does not get credit for a “day” of visitation when his daughter stays overnight with him during the week, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled en banc. This ruling limits the father’s ability to benefit from the ...

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Prior DUIs with flaws still count (access required)

During a repeat drunken-driving prosecution, a judge can consider a prior conviction where the defendant had no lawyer and served two days in jail, the en banc Court of Appeals has ruled. Even though the sentence may have been unconstitutional, ...

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Pre-trial conferences could become mandatory (access required)

A pre-trial conference could become mandatory upon the motion of any party, under a proposal referred by legislators to the Supreme Court for study. Legislators were looking at ways to streamline settlements in tort cases. Although they reached an impasse ...

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Creative lawyering: How to paint your clients out of a corner (access required)

The word “creative” may conjure up the image of an artist standing before a canvas or a scientist in a laboratory, but the term often describes a lawyer helping a client settle a lawsuit. Creative or nontraditional settlements frequently work ...

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