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News in Brief for April 17, 1995 (access required)

Lawyer a minute late but a mile off An article in last week’s Virginia Lawyers Weekly on tardy attorneys prompted Richmond lawyer Keith Barker to call with his own story about lawyers missing critical deadlines. Barker got a verdict against ...

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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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Husband's noncompete enforced against wife (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court judge has ordered a woman to pay damages for undermining her husband’s noncompete agreement. The woman started a business competing with her husband’s former employer. Now, she must hand over to the employer 75 percent of ...

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Discharge bill retooled by governor (access required)

Virginia employers would not be subject to suits in state court for wrongful discharge based on discrimination, under legislative amendments drafted by Gov. George F. Allen. Such state law claims would be heard only before state or local human rights ...

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Mom of deceased worker doesn't get comp benefits (access required)

Unemployment counted in calculating income The mother of a worker who died in a compensable accident was not a “destitute parent” entitled to workers’ comp benefits because she drew unemployment compensation, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case ...

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Two judges reject DUI double jeopardy (access required)

Two more judges have issued opinions rejecting the argument that Virginia’s administrative license suspension law creates double jeopardy in DUI cases. Henrico County Circuit Judge James E. Kulp and Williamsburg General District Judge J.R. Zepkin each issued an opinion rejecting ...

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Admissibility of prior DUIs to be reheard (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals has granted a rehearing en banc in a DUI case concerning the admissibility of past convictions to enhance punishment. The issue, which is one of first impression, is whether a past conviction should be admitted ...

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Rooster cold-cocked by tardy employee (access required)

(Editor’s Note: In the vast majority of the case stories we write for this newspaper, we use simple, declarative prose. But in the following piece, the ghost of Hemingway seized the keyboard. Maybe it was the tale it told.) It ...

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