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Author Archives: Paul Fletcher

Lawyer’s first novel gives Mine Wars lesson (access required)

It is 1908 in Mingo County, West Virginia. Two brothers, Durwood and Bascom Matney, bury their mother; one of the mourners in attendance is a cousin from Richmond who will take the younger boy, Durwood, to live in her Monument ...

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Two in Virginia invited to join Inner Circle of Advocates

Two Virginia lawyers – Jeffrey Breit and Scott M. Perry – have been invited to join the Inner Circle of Advocates, a group of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ lawyers. Founded in 1972, the invitation-only group has 100 members. Its mission, ...

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‘Intention’ to live in a home won’t trigger UM (access required)

A young woman who “intended” to live with her grandfather cannot recover uninsured motorist coverage for a motorcycle accident that occurred the day after she dropped off her bags, a Roanoke circuit judge has ruled. The policy covered relatives who ...

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‘Go To Lawyers’ for elder law named

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce the latest group of honorees in our program recognizing the leading lawyers in a particular field of law. Previously we have named “Virginia’s Go To Lawyers” for business law, employment and workers’ compensation ...

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All Good Things…

One of the cardinal rules of journalism is that journalists and reporters should not make the news; they simply should report the news. Last month, we broke that rule with the announcement from The Virginia Bar Association that I will ...

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A hit parade

Since I joined Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 1988, we have published more than 1,200 issues. I figure during that time (and counting my work at the Lawyer Weekly papers in Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina), I have written more ...

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Woman can bring Fair Debt suit (access required)

Debt collection notice

A woman who received medical care can bring a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act against a debt recovery service that told her that she was required to respond in writing to their correspondence, a federal judge in ...

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