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Prospects for lawyers good in slow coal economy (access required)

Coal mining. The term conjures up images of black dust, explosions and gaunt men toiling deep within the earth. The landscape in Southwest Virginia does nothing to dispel the image. As one leaves the zooming traffic on Interstate 81 and ...

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More practitioners teaching at U.Va. (access required)

Practicing lawyers and professors are teaming up to teach a number of courses together at the University of Virginia law school in a new push at the school to combine theory with practice. The law school is offering six team-taught ...

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Guest Column: Bankruptcy Reform Act fine-tunes and tinkers (access required)

The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994 (the “Reform Act”), signed by the president on Oct. 22, 1994, could have been named the “Comprehensive Fine-Tuning and Tinkering Bankruptcy Act of 1994.” With a few notable exceptions, Congress intended the Reform Act ...

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State sanctions rule needs sharper teeth, group says (access required)

The Boyd-Graves Conference wants to put the bite back into Virginia’s “Little Rule 11,” the sanctions statute that prohibits frivolous lawsuits. The Virginia Supreme Court’s reversals of sanctions awards has left “the circuit bench concern[ed] that the statute has had ...

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Guest Column — Lawyers in America: "Esquires" they are not (access required)

Query: At what point in history did the American legal profession misappropriate an otherwise gentlemanly term of reference–“Esquire”? In our studiously egalitarian society, part of the answer lies below in an article that appeared in the Fredericksburg Virginia Herald on ...

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Policy limits restrict prejudgment interest (access required)

Insurance carriers do not have to pay prejudgment interest beyond policy limits, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The case reverses a Circuit Court ruling from Pulaski that held that the carriers in an auto accident case could be forced ...

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Licenses at risk for non-support (access required)

Attorneys have a new weapon to use against parents who fall seriously behind in child support payments: If the lagging parent is a licensed professional, the license is on the line. Lawyers are among the professional groups targeted by the ...

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Discharge bars "spousal support" (access required)

After a husband gets his debts discharged in bankruptcy, a divorce court cannot award his wife lump-sum spousal support to compensate her for part of the marital debt, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The “spousal support” was merely disguised ...

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Lawyer could offer title policy (access required)

Real estate lawyers who own title agencies could continue offering title insurance to their clients as long as they do not act as title agents themselves, under a proposed legal ethics opinion drafted by the Virginia State Bar’s Real Property ...

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Punitives for drunken driving not retroactive (access required)

A new statute on punitive damages in drunken driving cases cannot be applied retroactively, a Virginia Beach Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The statute, Virginia Code § 8.01-44.5, codifies the common law principle that ...

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