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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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Eastern District plays game by its own rules (access required)

ARLINGTON–Knowing the local rules is critical to survival in the Eastern District, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry R. Poretz, who sits in Alexandria. “When attorneys who do not practice in this court appear before us, and they are unaware of ...

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Expert advice: Judges hammer home basics (access required)

Lawyers who practice family law may wish they could read a judge’s mind like the turban-clad Johnny Carson as “the amazing Carnac.” But most have not had much luck. In lieu of mind reading, family lawyers got an opportunity to ...

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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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"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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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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Garnishments under attack in Roanoke (access required)

Hundreds of garnishments in the Roanoke area may be open to attack following a decision by a Roanoke General District judge. Under the ruling, the judge dismissed garnishments in four cases because a “suggestion” was not filed with a summons ...

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Cyclical stocks attractive in strong economy (access required)

The ups and downs of the economy tend to affect some industries more than others. The construction, chemical, paper, steel and automobile industries, among others, generally perform very well when times are good and poorly when times are hard. We ...

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News in Brief for May 1, 1995 (access required)

Lawyer can sue bank for trust account mistake A lawyer can sue his bank if the bank errs in handling the lawyer’s trust account, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The lawyer need not rely on his client to bring ...

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