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Block-busters: Some judges frown on block billing, but others OK single-entry timekeeping

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Block billing. It’s a buzz phrase that can prompt a court to slash a lawyer’s fee request, anywhere from 10 percent to 35 percent. Lawyers know courts – and some clients – frown on the practice of lumping together lots ...

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Arbitration clause enforced against housekeeper (access required)

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A businessman who had his live-in housekeeper sign an arbitration clause when she started work at his house six years ago can use the clause to keep her job-related claims out of court, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. ...

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NoVa lawyers using ‘rate chart’ to get fees (access required)

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Attorneys handling complex civil litigation in Northern Virginia are making use of a new benchmark to win higher fee awards from federal judges, including a 2011 award of more than $4 million. U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee has ...

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Plaintiff’s counsel focused on video interviews in death case – $3,000,000 Settlement (access required)

The defendant attempted to make a left turn from a side street onto a four-lane road without yielding to oncoming traffic. Defendant’s sedan hit the rear quarter panel of the passenger side of the victim’s pick-up truck, sending it into ...

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Attorney-In-Fact Files Valid Elective Share Claim (access required)

Although husband could not personally sign the notice of elective share of his wife’s estate, due to his incapacity, the notice, signed and acknowledged by husband’s attorney-in-fact, constitutes a valid claim under Va. Code § 64.1-13, and the Fairfax Circuit ...

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