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Oil spill near homes won't create action for lost value (access required)

Homeowners cannot sue an oil company for a drop in property values from an underground oil spill without showing physical damage to their properties, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court has ruled. While Virginia’s water control statute imposes strict liability for ...

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Title insurer not liable for adverse claim (access required)

A title insurance company is not liable to its policyholder for an adverse title claim, a U.S. District Court in Big Stone Gap has ruled. The policyholder sought to recover the $300,000 it paid to the adverse claimant. The court ...

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Guest Column: Rely on insurance when lender liability strikes (access required)

Major concerns about lender liability have re-emerged since the United States Supreme Court denied a petition by various lending institutions to review a ruling that struck down the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) lender liability rule on Jan. 17, ...

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News in Brief for April 24, 1995 (access required)

Portrait of Judge Catterall unveiled At an April 18 ceremony at the State Corporation Commission, officers of the Virginia Bar Association and the SCC unveiled a portrait of the late Judge Ralph T. Catterall, a former SCC chairman. The portrait ...

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Review Granted (312282) (access required)

Review Granted provides a brief synopsis of recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. This feature appears in the last issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly each month. The information provided comes from the successful ...

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Court-appointed fee cap challenged in Norfolk (access required)

NORFOLK–Criminal-defense lawyers in Virginia have long chafed at the “paltry” fees they get for court appointments to represent poor defendants. Last week, one of them challenged the statutory cap on fees as unconstitutional. Christopher P. Shema launched this ambitious argument ...

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Boy could reside in two households (access required)

A 16-year-old boy who splits time between his two parents’ homes is a member of both households, a Richmond Circuit Judge has ruled. The ruling allows the boy to tap his father’s uninsured motorist coverage for a car accident. His ...

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Trucker's son gets $10M; Richmond record is tied (access required)

A boy injured in a collision between two big rigs on Interstate 95 won a $10 million award from a Richmond jury earlier this month. The verdict is one of the largest in state history and ties the largest reported ...

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Assembly oversight group targets VSB discipline (access required)

The Virginia State Bar, which last year battled a budget freeze and this year gave up mandatory IOLTA, faces more scrutiny from the legislature. While it was IOLTA and other programs that drew the legislature’s attention in the past, lawmakers ...

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Orange Co. gives victory to DUI double jeopardy (access required)

An Orange County General District judge has issued the first written opinion granting dismissals based on double jeopardy in DUI cases. General District Judge W. A. Talley Jr. accepted a defense that has been argued in cases throughout Virginia. So ...

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