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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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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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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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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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