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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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New regional family law bars offer peer support (access required)

Lawyers who practice family law have banded together in two different regions of Virginia to create new family law organizations. The founders thought that family lawyers needed a better network of support and information. Such lawyers must grapple daily not ...

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Jury gives $5K to fired woman (access required)

A Loudoun County jury has returned a $5,000 verdict for a woman who claimed she was forced out of her job because of sex discrimination. The decision comes in one of the cases remanded by the Supreme Court in last ...

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Legal Analysis: Waste not, want not (access required)

Do claims of marital waste get short shrift? Everyone goes on an occasional spending spree, but can a divorce client waste money just like anyone else? Suppose a client writes a generous check to his parents out of a joint ...

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Research Box: Whether spouse wasted marital assets (access required)

The following are summaries of some decisions addressing waste of marital assets. Some of these cases are discussed in the article, “Do claims of marital waste get short shrift?,” starting on page one. The actual opinions can be ordered by ...

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Little rule 11 no basis for conspiracy (access required)

A plaintiff cannot sue for civil conspiracy based on a claim that defendants conspired to file frivolous lawsuits in violation of the Virginia sanctions statute, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The court found that a civil conspiracy requires collaboration ...

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Statement for auto claim not under protective order (access required)

Product information under order must be returned Before attorneys can begin discovery in tort cases, they often must negotiate or litigate protective orders to decide which information will be available and which will not. Two recent Circuit Court cases highlight ...

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Review Granted (access required)

This week’s edition features Review Granted. The Supreme Court has agreed to decide these issues: * Can an insurance carrier exclude coverage for an accident the policyholder has when driving a vehicle that is not insured? * Can a lawyer ...

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Clerk can testify from inventory prepared by police (access required)

A store clerk can testify from an inventory of stolen items prepared by police, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The court applied the past recollection recorded exception to the hearsay rule in allowing a witness to use a memorandum ...

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Confessed psephologist practices law in Richmond (access required)

Richmond attorney Claudia T. Salomon is a confessed psephologist. That admission should not raise any questions about her fitness to practice law, however. In fact, the trait has helped her prosper in her legal career. The term was first coined ...

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