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"Low-level" workers may be contacted (access required)

A plaintiff’s lawyer suing for a railroad employee’s alleged on-the-job injury may contact “low-level” employees of the defendant railroad to investigate the plaintiff’s case, a Roanoke City circuit judge has ruled. The defendant railroad in the suit under the Federal ...

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Wife's affair prompts distress claim (access required)

A Northampton County man may go forward with his emotional distress claim against a psychologist who originally provided marriage counseling to the man and his wife, but who later, during solo counseling with the wife, began an affair with and ...

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"Caretaker function" not a basis for stop (access required)

A state trooper’s desire to find out if a motorist was having any mechanical difficulty was not a justifiable reason to stop the motorist’s pickup truck, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. In overturning the defendant’s drunken driving conviction, ...

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Disclosure rules for builders outlined (access required)

Since the Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act went into effect last July, Virginia lawyers who represent home sellers have struggled to interpret the obligations imposed on sellers by the Act. The Act requires sellers of existing homes either to disclose ...

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