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Study would put bar under microscope (access required)

The Virginia State Bar would be the object of a special legislative subcommittee under a resolution introduced last week in the General Assembly. The subcommittee would examine the VSB “with a view toward assuring the maximum effectiveness of the agency ...

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Hurt passenger can stack UIM from driver's policy (access required)

A passenger injured in a one-car collision may “stack” the underinsured motorist coverage of the driver’s policy to determine the amount of UIM coverage available, a Fairfax Circuit Court judge has ruled. The holding sets up a split in the ...

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Plaintiff would pay for nonsuit before verdict under proposal (access required)

Nonsuiting a case may become more expensive for a plaintiff under a bill introduced last week in the General Assembly. Senate Bill 770, sponsored by Sen. Joseph B. Benedetti, R-Richmond, would require courts to assess attorneys’ fees and costs against ...

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Barrow, Whiting to retire (access required)

Bars seek nominations for possible endorsements Supreme Court Justice Henry H. Whiting and Court of Appeals Judge Bernard G. Barrow have announced plans to retire. The announcements will allow the General Assembly to elect successors, rather than the governor, who ...

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No contribution from carrier that didn't sign settlement (access required)

by Christine Wright, Legal Editor A primary carrier who settled with its policyholder cannot get contribution from an excess carrier that did not join in the settlement agreement, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. Because the excess carrier did not ...

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Study: Hike pay for court appointments 20% (access required)

The maximum fee that a court-appointed attorney gets for handling a case should be hiked by 20 percent, according to a Supreme Court committee studying court appointments. The study, issued by the Committee on District Courts, did not recommend an ...

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Alexandria company offers office to lawyer (access required)

An Alexandria company has come up with an innovative way for a lawyer to start a law practice and to gain corporate experience at the same time. The basis of the arrangement is simple: In exchange for office space which ...

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Formalities for wills to be eased? (access required)

Most lawyers probably have heard a story or two about a will that failed due to some technicality–a witness stepped out the room during the signing ceremony, or there was a quirk with handwriting or a signature. But under a ...

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Carrier needn't pay claim that violates public policy (access required)

If a policyholder illegally imported the silk rugs he insured, then he is barred from recovering under his renter’s policy for the alleged subsequent loss of the rugs, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. This ruling allowed an insurance carrier ...

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Gilmore: Let the victim speak before sentencing (access required)

The victim of a crime would be able to address the court during the sentencing phase of a trial under a legislative proposal announced last week by Attorney General James S. Gilmore III. The proposal is part of a package ...

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