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Punitives measures advance (access required)

Two bills allowing punitive damages in drunken driving cases were among those surviving last week’s “cross-over,” as the houses of the General Assembly reached a deadline to begin work on each other’s bills. House Bill 297 would impose civil liability ...

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Merillat, disease measures defeated (access required)

The House Commerce and Labor Committee has killed two bills that would have codified repetitive trauma coverage into the Workers’ Compensation Act. By identical 15-7 margins, the committee voted to permanently table House Bill 94 and directly to defeat H.B. ...

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"Low-level" workers may be contacted (access required)

A plaintiff’s lawyer suing for a railroad employee’s alleged on-the-job injury may contact “low-level” employees of the defendant railroad to investigate the plaintiff’s case, a Roanoke City circuit judge has ruled. The defendant railroad in the suit under the Federal ...

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BAC may go to .08 (access required)

Last Thursday, the House of Delegates passed a bill that would make Virginia’s drunken driving laws among the strongest in the nation. Among the provisions of House Bill 365, sponsored by House Majority Leader Del. C. Richard Cranwell, D-Vinton, are ...

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