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News in Brief for Jan. 22, 1996 (access required)

Trial judge yanks civil conspiracy verdict Three civil-conspiracy defendants who lost a round before the Virginia Supreme Court last year, then struck out before a jury, now have garnered a victory from a trial judge. The judge set aside a ...

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Statute required for Bowman claim (access required)

A repairman who was fired because he refused to fix a car in a manner he considered unsafe cannot sue under the Bowman public-policy exception, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The repairman failed to identify a statute establishing a ...

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VSB dues won't drop this year (access required)

Virginia lawyers will have to wait a little longer for lower bar dues. The General Assembly apparently will not impose a dues cut on the Virginia State Bar this year. The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission recommended several legislative ...

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Admissions can't be based on depositions (access required)

A defendant in a wrongful-death suit cannot serve requests for admissions that are based on discovery depositions, a Buchanan County Circuit judge has ruled. The judge refused to allow this paper discovery because he found it was improper under Virginia ...

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Suspension law invalid against girl (access required)

A high-school girl charged with drunken driving has successfully challenged Virginia’s seven-day license suspension statute. A Henrico Juvenile & Domestic Relations judge earlier this month declared the law unconstitutional when applied to juveniles. The flaw is jurisdictional, according to the ...

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