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Contract case tests birth-injury coverage (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider whether a medical malpractice insurance policy covers a doctor’s failure to participate in the Virginia birth injury fund as promised to the mother. The coverage dispute arises out of an emotionally ...

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Getting to the jury on ‘capacity’ for will (access required)

Call it a finger on the scale of justice. The law sometimes gives an advantage to one side in a lawsuit, allowing a legal “presumption” about some key fact in the case. Presumptions can be overcome, but how much weight ...

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‘A new standard of liability’ in Virginia? (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has opened the door to claims against individual supervisors who take part in the unlawful firing of an employee. The Nov. 1 decision in VanBuren v. Grubb (VLW 012-6-143), decided 4-3, is a victory for ...

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Va. court: Insurance doesn’t cover drywall damages

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t cover damage caused by Chinese drywall. Richard Serpe, an attorney for the homeowner, said the unanimous ruling means hundreds of other Virginians whose homes and ...

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High court hears record wrongful death appeal (access required)

A man should not keep a jury award for his wife’s death when he and his lawyer conspired to remove photos from his Facebook page and then lied about it to the court, a defense lawyer told the Supreme Court ...

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Payee notification passes VSB Council unanimously (access required)

ROANOKE – A plan to require insurance companies to notify clients of insurance claim payments made to their lawyers won unanimous approval from the Virginia State Bar council Oct. 19. The proposal had a tangled and contentious history. Approval came ...

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Supreme Court nixes changes in lawyer ad rules (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected proposed reforms in lawyer advertising regulations, refusing to relax requirements for disclaimers on claims about case results and tightening limits on the use of words such as “expert” and “specialist.” With amended advertising rules ...

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