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Golf Guide: Burner Bubble v. Big Bertha (access required)

Two of golf’s heavyweights are gearing up for a rematch. Callaway Golf has been the industry leader since the original Big Bertha oversized metalwoods hit the market four years ago. Today, the success of all new products is measured against ...

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News in Brief for May 8, 1995 (access required)

Roanoke opinion rejects DUI double jeopardy Virginia’s DUI license suspension statute does not create double jeopardy, a Roanoke General District judge has ruled. Judge William D. Broadhurst, sitting in the city of Roanoke, joined the majority of GDC judges who ...

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"Caretaker" duty allows officer to stop pedestrian (access required)

A police officer acting as a “community caretaker” could stop a pedestrian who was staggering late at night, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. The officer’s subsequent search, which revealed a gun and cocaine, ...

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VSB dues decrease floated (access required)

IRVINGTON–The Virginia State Bar is amassing a large surplus in its budget reserve, and it will look at using this money to decrease bar dues. But don’t expect a break on your dues statement this summer–a decrease won’t happen in ...

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Tip: Hidden Assets (access required)

“How do I deceive thee?” Spouses count the ways A divorce client often may notice that a spouse, who used to boast about magnificent pay raises, suddenly claims to be in the poorhouse. Attribute this transformation to “a domestic disease ...

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Child-endangerment law struck down at Beach (access required)

Prosecutors had targeted DUI defendants A drunken-driving defendant who drove with a child in the car cannot be prosecuted for felony child endangerment, a Virginia Beach Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The child-endangerment statute ...

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Contrib can be defense to legal malpractice (access required)

A lawyer sued for malpractice can raise the client’s contributory negligence as a defense, the Supreme Court has ruled in a case of first impression. The ruling overturned a $2.4 million verdict against a firm that allegedly mischaracterized a client’s ...

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Lesbian denied custody (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has denied custody of a three-year-old boy to his lesbian mother. The 4-3 majority cited her homosexual behavior as one factor in its decision. Another factor was the “social condemnation” the court said would attach to ...

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Nonsuit meter does not start until order filed (access required)

A nonsuit is effective when a nonsuit order is entered, not when the nonsuit is taken, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The nonsuit order was entered April 17, even though the nonsuit was taken the day of trial, nine ...

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"Crashworthiness" doctrine rejected — But such claims remain viable, lawyers say (access required)

Virginia’s highest court has rejected the crashworthiness doctrine, which has been adopted in every other state. The ruling, though, is a pyrrhic victory for one defendant, a truck manufacturer, because the court still allowed the plaintiff to sue the manufacturer ...

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