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Assembly Update for Jan. 22, 1996 (access required)

Peace praised, pilloried in nine-hour hearing About 75 supporters and opponents of Hanover Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Nina K. Peace, and the judge herself, got their say last Tuesday at an unusual public hearing. The nine-hour-long forum was held ...

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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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VSB dues won't drop this year (access required)

Virginia lawyers will have to wait a little longer for lower bar dues. The General Assembly apparently will not impose a dues cut on the Virginia State Bar this year. The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission recommended several legislative ...

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Juries give more time than judges (access required)

When a criminal-defense lawyer meets with a client behind bars to discuss strategy, an important topic is whether to seek a bench trial or whether to roll the dice with a jury. That decision often will hinge on certain facts ...

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Deal's failure not due to legal malpractice (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a legal malpractice judgment because the client, a purchaser of commercial real estate, did not prove that his lawyer’s failure to negotiate two critical provisions in the sales contract caused the client’s losses. The ...

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House lost over timing of divorce (access required)

A wife whose divorce came through five months after she filed for bankruptcy cannot protect her house from her creditors, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Although the home was held as a tenancy-by-the-entirety when the wife ...

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