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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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Couple wrote the book on Virginia courthouses (access required)

From the spring of 1992 to the spring of 1994, attorney John O. Peters appeared at courts all over Virginia. But he did not carry with him the traditional briefcase and dreams of winning a precedent-setting case. Instead, he toted ...

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VSB Disciplinary Board beefed up almost 50% (access required)

Due to annual increases in bar complaints, the Virginia State Bar’s Disciplinary Board will increase in size by nearly 50 percent starting July 1. At first blush, lawyers may groan at the prospect of more disciplinary watchdogs. But the change ...

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Pittsylvania girl scores record award (access required)

A young teenager who lost part of her leg in an auto accident has won a record verdict of $975,000 in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court. A Trial Report in Keen v. Administrator of the Williams Estate was submitted by Danville ...

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Insurance defense: cutting deals while cutting costs (access required)

When insurance carriers start playing the cost-cutting game, lawyers often may be dealt a weak hand. But folding is not an option. Some lawyers have responded to cost-cutting by running a law firm of staff attorneys on one carrier’s payroll. ...

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Receipt of complaint triggers removal clock (access required)

The time limit for removing a case from state to federal court begins to run when the defendant receives a copy of the motion for judgment, a federal judge in Richmond has ruled. The case follows a 1993 decision from ...

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Another Fairfax General District judge has accepted the DUI double-jeopardy defense. (access required)

Last week, Judge Jonathan Thacher dismissed charges against four DUI defendants in the case of Commonwealth v. Derflinger (VLW 095-12-09). The judge found that prosecution for driving under the influence, after a prior seven-day administrative suspension, would constitute double jeopardy. ...

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