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Guest Column: Roanoke attorney helps free seized plane (access required)

When John Holmgren flew his twin-turbine Rockwell Commander to Florida for repairs last April, he planned for the usual weather surprises, business emergencies and even some relaxation. He didn’t plan for the United States Customs agents to seize his airplane. ...

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Furnace company caused fire loss, landlord claims (access required)

A landlord whose building was damaged by fire can proceed on its negligence claim against a furnace company hired by the tenant, a Spotsylvania Circuit judge has ruled. The furnace company argued that the economic-loss rule barred the tort claim. ...

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Signature alone is not attestation (access required)

A certificate of analysis in a drug case that contained only the signature of an examiner but no attestation clause is inadmissible, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The case can be used to bolster challenges to DUI blood tests, ...

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Supreme Court News (access required)

Does nonsuit without service extend limitations period? The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a plaintiff gets a six-month extension on the statute of limitations after taking a nonsuit more than a year after filing suit, but before effecting ...

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Tidewater experiments with volunteer prosecutors (access required)

Virginia Beach attorney Gregory R. McCracken is leading a double life. But it is strictly legal. Most of the time he handles divorces and other family law matters. But one day a month he goes to court for the commonwealth ...

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Home on the range: Norfolk lawyer goes to trial camp (access required)

Lowell A. Stanley had admired trial lawyer Gerry Spence for many years. He had seen Spence once, at a Virginia Trial Lawyers Association conference in Williamsburg. Then, Spence had answered a question Stanley had about dealing with judges. Last August, ...

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Nesselrodt is yanked (access required)

The en banc Virginia Court of Appeals has rejected the panel opinion in Nesselrodt v. Commonwealth, a decision that stalled hundreds of habitual offender cases across the state. Standard “summary” driving records supplied by the Department of Motor Vehicles are ...

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Gov. Allen's '95 budget stiffs VSB (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s uphill climb for relief from budget restrictions became a little steeper last week with the release of Gov. George F. Allen’s proposed budget for 1995-96. The 1994 General Assembly imposed a freeze on dues and staffing ...

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Practice Tip–Casting doubt on certainty: (access required)

Anyone who has watched “cop shows” on television or read crime books has heard of a victim or eyewitness crying out, “I’ll never forget that face!” The common lore among laypeople is that eyewitnesses to crimes remember the details vividly. ...

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Suspect loses choice of blood/breath test (access required)

With suspects no longer allowed a choice between blood and breath tests, DUI attorneys will focus on challenging breath tests. On Jan. 1, Virginia Code § 18.2-268.2 (B) will change from allowing DUI suspects to choose between blood and breath ...

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