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Do tougher DUI laws matter? (access required)

Following last Thursday’s House of Delegates passage of a DUI bill that would make Virginia’s drunken driving laws among the strongest in the nation (see sidebar), the question arises of how effective the measure would be if signed into law. ...

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Last-minute push saves IOLTA (access required)

Despite seemingly strong support when first introduced, a bill to roll back the Supreme Court’s mandatory IOLTA rule was stopped in the House banking committee last Thursday. The House Corporations, Insurance and Banking committee voted 10-8, with three abstentions, to ...

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Incumbent judges OK'd (access required)

The General Assembly has re-elected 40 incumbent judges and a State Corporation Commission member. Circuit Court Judge Alan E. Rosenblatt was re-elected to a seat in the 2nd Circuit; E. Everett Bagnell and Westbrook J. Parker in the 5th; Robert ...

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Merillat, disease measures defeated (access required)

The House Commerce and Labor Committee has killed two bills that would have codified repetitive trauma coverage into the Workers’ Compensation Act. By identical 15-7 margins, the committee voted to permanently table House Bill 94 and directly to defeat H.B. ...

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"Low-level" workers may be contacted (access required)

A plaintiff’s lawyer suing for a railroad employee’s alleged on-the-job injury may contact “low-level” employees of the defendant railroad to investigate the plaintiff’s case, a Roanoke City circuit judge has ruled. The defendant railroad in the suit under the Federal ...

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