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Guide to New Statutes (access required)

Administrative Annual reports from agencies. Places a two-year moratorium on the general publication and distribution of annual reports of any agency receiving any funds from the state budget. However, the bill does not prohibit any such agency from making information ...

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Misrepresentations result in dismissal of lawsuit (access required)

A Newport News federal judge has applied the ultimate sanction to a plaintiff’s lawsuit: He dismissed a case with prejudice because he found the plaintiff misrepresented his financial background and mental health to the court. And in a second case ...

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O'Brien prepares for new challenge (access required)

While Virginia State Bar Past President Kathleen O’Brien is leaving one job, she will take up another on July 1 when she becomes her firm’s first managing partner. Until now, her firm in McLean has not had a managing partner, ...

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Notes from the Virginia State Bar Council… (access required)

270K voted to client protection fund VIRGINIA BEACH–Ethics complaints against lawyers are down, but the Virginia State Bar Council has voted to bolster the fund set up to compensate client victims, in the form of a $270,000 transfusion to the ...

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JLARCs flock to Beach (access required)

The legislative study group examining the VSB was conspicuous at this year’s meeting. Susan Massart, who is leading the working group from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, attended the Executive Committee and Bar Council meetings on June 14. ...

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Fahey challenged, but gains Council seat (access required)

Although the VSB Council sometimes discusses some obscure topics, rarely does the Code of Federal Regulations come up. But an addition to the CFR posed a problem in electing U.S. Attorney Helen Fahey to an at-large seat on the council, ...

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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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Landowner doesn't recover for "public fear" of EMF (access required)

A power company that condemned an acre of a 91-acre farm to build a high-voltage power line need not pay the farm owner for damage from the “public fear” of living in the power line’s electromagnetic field, the Virginia Supreme ...

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