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Bill creates ‘new class of plaintiffs’ (access required)

Legislation approved by the General Assembly – but not yet signed by the governor – would create a new class of plaintiffs in Virginia civil litigation: representatives of the unborn. Some observers warn the bill creating a cause of action ...

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Payee notification up for discussion again (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser has asked the Virginia State Bar once again to look at payee notification. Past proposals, seeking to protect clients from potentially larcenous lawyers, would have required insurance companies to give notice to litigants expecting ...

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Draft LEO: Plaintiff is not required to indemnify liens (access required)

Trial lawyers are cheering and the defense bar and at least one corporation are booing a proposed Legal Ethics Opinion on lawyers’ obligations for unpaid liens in personal injury cases. LEO 1858, as drafted, says it is unethical for a ...

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VTLA Officers 2011-2012 (access required)

Edward L. Allen of Fredericksburg became president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association at the group’s annual convention at The Homestead. Other new officers are: Norfolk lawyer Lisa P. O’Donnell became president-elect. There are four vice-presidents: • Barbara S. Williams, ...

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Allen to be VTLA president (access required)

Edward L. Allen brings family and history with him to the presidency of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. His grandfather was the first president of the association. His father started its political action committee. A cousin and a brother have ...

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O’Donnell: Call them ‘defense medical exams’ (access required)

HOT SPRINGS – Defense lawyers call them “independent medical examinations.” Plaintiffs’ lawyers bristle at the phrase. Court-ordered medical exams in personal injury cases should be called “defense medical exams,” insist the plaintiffs’ lawyers. Regardless of the name, the law is ...

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