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Cops need not disclose lookout post (access required)

Police did not have to tell a defendant the exact location of the apartment from which they observed him give crack cocaine to a woman, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. Applying the ...

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Lawyers playing a small but growing role in comp (access required)

Employees who seek workers’ compensation are less likely to hire an attorney if they live in Virginia than in other states, according to a 1994 study released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. But the Institute, a not-for-profit organization based ...

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Voters set 10-year limitation for child sexual-abuse suits (access required)

Voters have re-established a 10-year period for bringing suits for past childhood sexual abuse. The constitutional amendment that was passed in the general election earlier this month revives the ability of plaintiffs to file suit for injuries from childhood sexual ...

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Review Granted: Confidentiality in mediation to be considered (access required)

After initially denying review in a case, the Virginia Supreme Court has changed directions and agreed to decide whether discussions during court-ordered mediation are confidential. After the initial denial of review, The Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (“SPIDR”), a ...

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Lawyers' demand for temporaries on the rise (access required)

People in the legal field now are trying a different way of managing the fluctuations of trial practice: hiring temporary employees. And many law firms are jumping on the bandwagon. The market for temps is up now, said Jan O’Connell ...

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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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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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