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Virginia’s Unsung Legal Heroes of 2018

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Below is a list of the honorees in the Class of 2018 of Unsung Legal Heroes. There are 43 hard-working people in seven different categories, providing support to the lawyers in their firms and service to their clients. Look in ...

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Two paths for 21st-century law firms: innovation or extinction (access required)

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By Nicole Black BridgeTower Media Newswires When I graduated from law school in 1995, the world was a different place. Legal research still took place in law libraries using books. Windows 95 had not yet been released, and MS-DOS reigned ...

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Man who lost house in fire prevails in suit against carrier over application – $211,700 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s home and its contents were completely destroyed by a house fire on June 15, 2017. He had purchased homeowners insurance from Windsor in 2014, including full replacement cost coverage. Plaintiff, who worked as a logger, submitted the claim to ...

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Man went to ER for kidney stone, had gangrene in bowels – $1,450,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent was a 27-year-old male who had presented to the hospital emergency department on Sept. 21, 2015, with acute onset flank and abdominal pain. CT exam revealed a kidney stone. He was treated and discharged with instructions. The complaints ...

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Zoning Board failed to follow its own rules (access required)

Where the Board of Zoning Appeals granted reconsideration of its original decision beyond the seven-day deadline set by its by-laws, its subsequent decision was void. Background The Board of Zoning Appeals heard the landowners’ application on June 28, 2017, and ...

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Festival immune from personal injury claim (access required)

Because a Virginia statute immunizes a landowner if property is occupied for “recreational use” and the plaintiff benefitted from the charitable purpose of promoting the City of Suffolk, the court found the Suffolk Peanut Festival immune from plaintiff’s injury claim. ...

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Lenders enjoined from charging usurious interest (access required)

The court entered an order enjoining lenders, who deceived Virginia consumers through an illegal “pension sale” lending scheme and charged in excess of 12 percent interest in violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, from collecting usurious interest and from further ...

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