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News in Brief for July 24, 1995 (access required)

Appeals court to take DUI appeal en banc The DUI double-jeopardy defense will bypass a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals and go directly to an en banc hearing under an order issued last week. The court decided on ...

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Debtor can't discharge debts after dismissal (access required)

When a debtor’s bankruptcy petition was dismissed “with prejudice,” the debts listed in the petition became permanently nondischargeable, a federal judge in Charlottesville has ruled. The judge rejected the debtor’s argument that the dismissal order only barred her from refiling ...

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"Approved" lawyer liable to title co. (access required)

An attorney who was on a real estate company’s approved list is liable to the company after the lawyer paid off a deed of trust to an unauthorized recipient, a Newport News Circuit judge has ruled. Although no written contract ...

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Wife ordered to help repay husband's student loans (access required)

Student loans obtained by the husband were marital debt that should be allocated to both parties during their divorce, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The court accepted the husband’s testimony that 80 percent of the student-loan money was used ...

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Demand outstrips funding for contracted mediation (access required)

Response to high court’s program a surprise Demand for mediation appears to be increasing rapidly, surprising some contractors who offer mediation services under contracts with the Supreme Court’s Dispute Resolution program. In fact, mediation has become so popular in some ...

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Venue "getting personal" in the city of Richmond (access required)

The oft-fabled generosity of Richmond jurors has prompted numerous battles over whether venue in a personal-injury case is proper within the city limits or in one of the supposedly stingier surrounding counties. The Virginia Code sets out a number of ...

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Lawyers spend less time waiting for J&DR court (access required)

Lawyers have a much clearer idea about when they will have to appear at the Richmond Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, thanks to a new docketing system. Other less obvious changes also are afoot. The court has hired a chief ...

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Conrad makes pitch to clerks (access required)

Richmond Vice-Mayor John A. Conrad last week invited summer law clerks “to join the new community we’re trying to develop” in Central Virginia. He pointed to plans for riverfront development, economic growth and regional cooperation as strengths of the region. ...

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The 1995 Floods: Bars' disaster plan passes test (access required)

MADISON–School has been out for weeks, but the parking lot has been full at the local high school lately. Residents came for help in the wake of floods during the last week of June. The flooding killed eight people and ...

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Court of Appeals to review child endangerment law (access required)

The Court of Appeals will decide the constitutionality of using the state’s child endangerment statute to go after drunken drivers who take children with them. The Court granted the commonwealth’s request to review a Virginia Beach ruling. In that case, ...

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