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Hospital can charge for ‘provider portal’ access (access required)

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A Virginia hospital can ask a plaintiff to cover the cost of a hospital employee to assist the plaintiff’s lawyer in navigating an online portal for a client’s medical records, a Norfolk Circuit Court has ruled. Citing federal regulations under ...

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Million-Dollar Settlements 2016 (access required)

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Presenting the 2016 compilation Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents the survey of “Million-Dollar Settlements of 2016.” This annual compilation recaps big settlements from across the commonwealth of the past year. Our criteria for making the list are simple: The settlement must ...

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Court rules misplaced surgery is not battery (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has rerouted a short cut to recovery for some surgery patients. The court ruled this month that a surgeon who mistakenly operated on the wrong level of a patient’s spine cannot be sued for battery. ...

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JIRC urges censure of judges for courthouse advocacy (access required)

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Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission says two judges who publicly urged voters to reject a county courthouse relocation proposal should be disciplined for “political activity.” The JIRC is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to censure Court of Appeals ...

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Support waived, but contempt for nonpayment (access required)

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A husband could be cited for contempt for failure to make agreed-upon periodic payments to his ex-wife, even though she waived spousal support in language incorporated into their final divorce decree. The husband could not avoid the contempt citation by ...

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Lawyer surrenders license after escrow money taken (access required)

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A Virginia Beach real estate lawyer gave up her law license last month amid investigation of a business associate who may have looted more than $700,000 from the lawyer’s escrow account. Beverly A. English, also known as Beverly E. Taylor, ...

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President’s immigration order sends lawyers scrambling (access required)

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Few lawyers get to work with a cheering section behind them, but that was the situation on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Washington Dulles International Airport. Lawyers had descended on the airport in response to word that travelers were being blocked ...

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(Key)Stroke of genius (access required)

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It all started with the pesky section symbol. About a year ago Brian Potts, a lawyer then working at Foley & Lardner in Madison, Wisconsin, found himself getting frustrated when he would regularly have to pause in the middle of writing ...

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Lawyer’s impairment defense falls short (access required)

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A Virginia lawyer failed to deflect bar charges of dishonesty based on mishandling of a $15,000 client fee, despite a defense that depression prevented the lawyer from forming the necessary bad intent. A five-member Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board panel ...

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Assault victim’s lawsuit barred by cruise contract deadline (access required)

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A woman who said she was assaulted on a cruise-sponsored field trip in India waited too long to sue the cruise company, a Charlottesville federal judge has ruled. Under maritime law, the company that ran the “Semester at Sea” cruise-and-study ...

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