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Driver distracted by cell phone gets comp

Here’s a case where a driver distracted by a cell-phone call could show that the resulting accident was covered by workers’ comp. Hospice nurse Donna Turpin sought medical payments for whiplash she suffered when she went off the road after ...

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LeClairRyan adds lawyers in Roanoke, Rochester

LeClairRyan has added 16 intellectual property lawyers, a dozen of whom will open an office in Rochester, N.Y., from the international law firm of Nixon Peabody. The other four lawyers will join LeClairRyan offices in Washington, Alexandria, Chicago and San ...

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Spouses who split can bid on pooch

We tracked recent developments in canine case law in our “dog days” special in August. Here’s a new divorce case out of Roanoke in which Judge Robert P. Doherty Jr. made a solomonic decision to let a divorcing couple bid ...

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“Duuude…”

So many ways to say it, so many meanings. The “Dude” salutation started with surfers, skaters and stoners, according to urban lore. Bud Light beer’s “Dude” commercials, starting in 2007, highlighted the many subtle shadings of the word. But you ...

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Virginia Tech shootings trial set for September

Two $10-million wrongful death lawsuits against Virginia Tech officials arising from the 2007 campus shootings have been scheduled for a nine-day trial beginning Sept. 26. The cases, brought by the only victims of the massacre who did not accept state ...

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Virginia Tech shootings trial set for September

Two $10-million wrongful death lawsuits against Virginia Tech officials arising from the 2007 campus shootings have been scheduled for a nine-day trial beginning Sept. 26. The cases, brought by the only victims of the massacre who did not accept state ...

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Judge limits discovery of medical records in UVa murder case

A Charlottesville judge has ruled lawyers for accused killer George Huguely cannot access medical records of victim Yeardley Love other than a prescription for medication. Defense lawyers sought Love’s medical records, contending that heart problems may have caused or contributed ...

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Bankruptcy Judge Mitchell to retire

Alexandria Bankruptcy Judge Stephen S. Mitchell is retiring in August, and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking applications for his successor. Mitchell, 65, was appointed to the bankruptcy court in December 1994 after practicing law for 15 ...

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