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Medical history admitted at workers' comp hearing (access required)

An employer defending a workers’ compensation claim can present the claimant’s medical history to impeach the claimant at trial, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The medical history also can be used to bolster the claimant’s testimony or to ...

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Attorney owes no fiduciary duty to beneficiary (access required)

A law firm hired by a trustee owes no fiduciary duty to other beneficiaries of the estate, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. In granting the firm’s demurrer to the claim, the judge ...

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LEO 1599 OK'd by Council (access required)

In the Dotson case, above, Fairfax Judge Robert W. Wooldridge Jr. adopted the reasoning of Legal Ethics Opinion 1599 from the Virginia State Bar. The LEO, which is only advisory, stated: * A lawyer may represent an executor of an ...

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UM waiver covers all (access required)

A waiver of additional uninsured motorist coverage by one member of a family will bind all family members under a law that will go into effect July 1. The change effectively nullifies a 1994 Supreme Court ruling, State Farm Mut. ...

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Tidewater attorney flies under cover of the night (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH–By day, Virginia Beach attorney Michael J. Dumont does the usual lawyer tasks, preparing civil cases for trial and serving as a special assistant commonwealth’s attorney. But by night, his duties change. Then he straps on night-vision goggles, climbs ...

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NOVA LAW: Fredericksburg couple opens law practice (access required)

In the 1930s and early 1940s, two lawyers shared upstairs offices in Fredericksburg’s historic district. Their last name was Powell, and they were husband and wife. In 1945, the city newspaper bought the building. But last January, two more lawyers ...

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VSB-endorsed insurance gets okay (access required)

If you participate in the health insurance plan endorsed by the Virginia State Bar and you were worried about continuation of the program, you can rest easy. The bar’s personal insurance programs are now on firm ground, thanks to a ...

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News in Brief for March 20, 1995 (access required)

Blood test not enough for license suspension A driver’s license cannot be suspended when a blood test rather than a breath test is used to measure the driver’s intoxication, a Richmond General District Court judge has ruled. Richmond attorney John ...

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Mom's move out west gives custody to dad (access required)

Even though a mother was a good parent and had been the primary caregiver for the two children, the father should have custody because the mother plans to move to California, a Richmond Circuit Court judge has ruled. The mother ...

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Research Box: Parents who move can win or lose custody (access required)

The following are summaries of some opinions addressing custody and relocation. Where a VLW number is indicated, the actual opinion can be ordered by calling Virginia Lawyers Weekly at 800-456-5297 or the automated-opinion system at 800-933-5599. Move Enjoined The chancellor ...

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