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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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Supreme Court News (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether certain 1993 revisions to the Virginia Medical Malpractice Act are retroactive. But the court has refused to hear a case in which a Lynchburg judge ruled that an uninsured motorist carrier ...

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Law schools release pass rates (access required)

George Mason University 69 percent Regent University 61.3 percent University of Richmond 78.13 percent University of Virginia 91.6 percent Washington & Lee University 80 percent The College of William & Mary 88.79 percent Of the 1,152 people who took the ...

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New Lawyers: Increase job satisfaction by changing your job (access required)

Oftentimes, you can increase your job satisfaction by making small alterations in the way you practice law. To build a bridge from the unacceptable to the satisfying, follow these steps. Clarify what is and isn’t working in your current job. ...

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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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Buyer wins due to painted basement (access required)

A home buyer may recover damages for a flooded basement where the seller repaired and painted over prior water damage, a Fredericksburg Circuit judge has ruled. The case is Stone v. Quann (VLW 094-8-348). The opinion was written by Judge ...

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A daily battle: lawyers spar over the use of informants (access required)

In the war against drugs, the police’s main artillery has been informants and tipsters. One would think that more informant cases would mean clearer law. Not so. The cases keep marching out, but few bright-line rules have been forged. Daily ...

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Research Box: Criminal informants & tipsters (access required)

The following are summaries of cases since 1992 in which informants or tipsters were at issue, including ones addressed in the article, “Daily Battles: Criminal lawyers spar over the use of informants,” starting on page one. The cases that are ...

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VSB can seek $45 hike in lawyer's annual dues (access required)

CHANTILLY–Virginia State Bar officers have the green light to seek a dues increase of as much as $45 next year as part of a long-range plan approved by the VSB Council Oct. 21. Council members approved both the long-range plan ...

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