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Ahoyez, ahoyez! Lawyer doubles as boat captain (access required)

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VIRGINIA BEACH – While hundreds of lawyers in business casual attire pondered new legal developments at a professional conference here last month, another lawyer was just offshore, scouting the waters for fish. During the week, Eastern Shore attorney Jack A. ...

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Prosecutors on rule changes: There is no ‘trial by ambush’ (access required)

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Prosecutors and law enforcement interests remain strongly opposed to a series of recommended reforms in Virginia’s criminal discovery rules. After a last round of public comments, the package of changes is now before the Supreme Court of Virginia. The recommendations ...

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No sanctions for late expert disclosure (access required)

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A plaintiff who sued for delayed diagnosis of her breast cancer has settled her suit against multiple defendants, but not before a missed discovery deadline caused a “firestorm” and prompted an accusation of “back-stabbing” by a codefendant. Plaintiff Melissa Thompson ...

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Judge rejects college liability theory in alleged rape of student (access required)

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In a decision touching the sensitive matter of campus sexual assaults, a circuit judge has ruled that Virginia law does not impose a “special relationship” duty on college administrators to protect students from third-party violence. The judge’s written opinion addresses ...

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