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Court finds common law marriage after divorce (access required)

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A couple’s long and winding matrimonial road led to a Chesapeake court’s decision to hear a suit to dissolve their common law marriage. The facts in the case of Richardson v. Richardson (VLW 014-8-019) “are somewhat out of the ordinary,” ...

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Punitives award of $100K reinstated (access required)

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Two plaintiffs suffered minor injuries in an auto accident when their vehicle was struck by a drunken driver talking on a cellphone. A jury awarded plaintiff Victoria Coalson $5,600 and plaintiff Michael Stemke $14,000, and awarded each plaintiff punitive damages ...

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Assembly approves business records reform (access required)

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Getting medical records, medical bills and other business records into court should be easier under a General Assembly-approved evidence rule change. Under House Bill 301, lawyers no longer would have to call records custodians to testify at trial or at ...

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Focus on Elder Law

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Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to present “Elder Law,” a special supplement to the Feb. 24, 2014 paper. This 12-page B-Section is sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA). Articles from the 2014 Elder Law section present ...

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Gay marriage fight moving to federal appeals courts

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WASHINGTON (AP) The overturning of Virginia’s gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama’s two election victories. It’s no accident that Virginia has become a ...

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