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New law cuts access to doctors (access required)

Plaintiffs’ and defense lawyers in personal injury cases are accustomed to jockeying for an advantage in interviewing a plaintiff’s treating physician. Defense lawyers like to have direct, informal access to physicians in order to obtain information about a plaintiff’s condition. ...

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VSB Council reps elected (access required)

During the month of April, circuits throughout Virginia elected representatives to the Virginia State Bar Council. The following individuals were elected at circuit meetings. The terms of the newly elected members will begin July 1. A star (*) indicates an ...

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Visitation not barred by adoption (access required)

When a child was adopted by his paternal aunt, the rights of his maternal aunts to visitation were not cut off, a Roanoke city circuit judge has ruled in a matter of apparent first impression. Under Virginia law, adoption normally ...

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Moon elected Chief Judge (access required)

Judge Norman K. Moon has become the new Chief Judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals. Moon was elected by his colleagues to serve a four-year term beginning May 1. He succeeds Judge Lawrence L. Koontz Jr., who served as ...

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FELA claim yields $4.7M (access required)

A man injured in a railroad signal box while cleaning up after a flood has obtained $4.7 million in a suit brought under the Federal Employers Liability Act. The plaintiff sustained back injuries when a 66-pound signal box door struck ...

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