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News in Brief for June 19, 1995 (access required)

Is system too slow for appointing judges? CHARLOTTESVILLE–A national commission sponsored by a University of Virginia institute is looking at why the appointment of federal judges takes so long–more than six months in most cases. “Everybody agrees there’s a problem–senior ...

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Plaintiff can refile after no service, then nonsuit (access required)

Last year, a Roanoke Circuit Court decision called into question a common plaintiff’s practice — taking a nonsuit without first effecting service of process. Now the Supreme Court has returned the law to its original posture before the controversial lower-court ...

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Premises Liability: Gas station not liable for patron's rape (access required)

A gas-station owner had no duty to protect or warn a customer who was abducted from the station and raped by another customer, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. No duty arose because the cashier on duty did not know ...

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"Publication" now easier to show for defamation… (access required)

A woman, who claims a grocery-store employee defamed her by accusing her of shoplifting, need not identify anyone who heard the accusations, the Virginia Supreme Court has held in a case of first impression. The woman can use her own ...

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…Admissions now riskier (access required)

In another issue of first impression in the Melton case, the court held that when a party files an admission, then amends it, the original admission is still admissible as substantive evidence. This ruling could cut back on the use ...

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Summer stay with dad reduces child support (access required)

A father can lower the amount of child support he pays when his children visit him for a two-month stretch, a Loudoun County Circuit judge has ruled. The child-support statute allows a variation from the presumptive amounts based on “arrangements ...

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Service by fax begins on July 1 (access required)

Lawyers serving as registered agents for corporations–from mom-and-pops to larger outfits–may want to use a new streamlined system for service of process when their clients get sued. The instrument for this new method: the office fax machine. A new law ...

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Born to judge: Koontz heads to the high court (access required)

When the Virginia Supreme Court convenes for its next session, a new face will appear among the black robes — that of Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. How will this new justice affect the course of law in Virginia? Who ...

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The Legal Marketplace: Temp lawyers seeking acceptance from firms (access required)

A law firm that is swamped with work may hesitate to hire another lawyer for fear that business may slacken in a month or two. A new solution is emerging across Virginia: the temporary lawyer. A temporary lawyer works under ...

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Hill's life celebrated (access required)

Richmond lawyer Oliver W. Hill stands as one of the giants of the struggle for civil rights in America. His role in that struggle has been celebrated in “Approaching An Horizon,” a film produced by the Old Dominion Bar Association. ...

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