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No ECOA violation in bank's request for wife's guarantee (access required)

A husband and wife could not use the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to void their obligations under a loan, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The couple and their business partner sought to duck liability on a ...

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Corporate Counsel Survey (access required)

The following companies participated in a survey of corporate counsel conducted by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Questions Lawyers Weekly asked were designed to find out how corporate counsel choose and use outside law firms. Information gleaned from the survey appears below. ...

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Corporate counsel prefer big law firms (access required)

When corporate counsel choose outside law firms, they often look to the largest, according to a survey of Virginia corporate counsel. Fifty-seven percent of legal work goes to large law firms–those with over 50 lawyers. And for almost 70 percent ...

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Death case reversals counter state reputation (access required)

Reversals in five death penalty cases in the last three months have left both criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors wondering whether Virginia defendants are facing better odds in death penalty appeals. The reversals run counter to Virginia’s reputation as a ...

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"Litigation management" is new insurance slogan (access required)

Defense attorneys are becoming increasingly concerned about the apparent shrinkage of the amount of defense work given out by insurance companies. Carriers more frequently use in-house firms and companies still using outside counsel appear to be doing so parsimoniously. Obviously, ...

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No UM for passenger shot at intersection (access required)

The estate of a passenger accidentally shot and killed during a confrontation at a Lynchburg intersection cannot get uninsured motorist coverage for her injuries, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The court rejected the estate’s argument that the girl should ...

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Real estate lawyer finds potential clients online (access required)

As real estate lawyer Craig E. Buck sits at his keyboard, he not only is tapping away at the keys. He also is tapping into a new source of clients. The Fairfax-based lawyer is an advisor to a real estate ...

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Supreme Court Review Granted (access required)

Review Granted identifies recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. The information provided comes from the successful petition for appeal and, in some instances, from the brief in opposition. Additional information is available from ...

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S. Ct. Review Granted (access required)

Negligence — Auto Accident – Causation – Striking Of Evidence BACKGROUND: Appellant was a passenger in an automobile driven by appellee that crashed, injuring the passenger. The passenger alleges that driver was speeding, that he failed to maintain a proper ...

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ECOA defense voids wife's guarantee (access required)

A wife can use the Equal Credit Opportunity Act as a defense to void a guarantee she signed, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The agreement was signed in violation of law and is therefore void, the high court said. ...

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