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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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Family Court: new pitch readied for legislature (access required)

Supreme Court officials are scripting a new pitch for the Family Court system when the General Assembly convenes in January. The Family Court program would consolidate divorce, custody and juvenile cases in a single court. The new court would absorb ...

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Verdict for crash caused by rig's wind reinstated (access required)

The estate of a passenger killed in a station wagon that spun out of control as a big rig blew past should have its verdict reinstated, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The high court distinguished the case from a ...

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Guest Column: One approach to defending an ADA claim (access required)

In defending an employer against a lawsuit under Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the prudent advocate should not overlook one crucial point: The allegations of discrimination will be based on the premise that the aggrieved individual ...

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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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Judge chafes at support formula, but follows it (access required)

Loudoun County Circuit Judge James H. Chamblin changed his ruling in a different child-support case reported this week, Furey v. Casamento (VLW 095-8-205). But in this second case, the judge did not like having to change the holding and was ...

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Attorney's fee clause not a "blank check" (access required)

A Stafford County Circuit judge has a message for lawyers who handle contract claims: Don’t look at an attorney’s fees clause as a license to litigate at will. In a dispute over a defective parking lot, the judge found for ...

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Charges of child abuse get legislative scrutiny (access required)

Child-abuse allegations often surface during acrimonious divorces and fierce custody battles. Unfortunately, false allegations can inflict as much damage as true ones. A group of state legislators, more than half of them from Northern Virginia, have begun looking for a ...

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