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Discovery allowed in case with punitives (access required)

A plaintiff in a malicious prosecution case with a demand for punitive damages is entitled to discovery of the defendant’s net worth, a Virginia circuit judge has ruled. A defendant’s assets can be used as both a sword and shield ...

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Zooming witnesses: Best practices for ‘remote’ interviews during pandemic (access required)

It’s easy to rattle off a list of the disadvantages of conducting an important meeting, interview, deposition or even court hearing using Zoom or other videoconferencing tools. There are technical issues, security concerns, challenges in dealing with documents and exhibits, ...

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Driver who failed to see motorcyclist not ‘reckless’ (access required)

A Virginia Court of Appeals panel majority says a driver could not be guilty of reckless driving when the evidence showed only that he failed to see a stopped motorcyclist in time to avoid a fatal collision. The court overturned ...

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4th Circuit clashes over ‘exigent circumstances’ doctrine (access required)

Charges against a Virginia man who was subjected to a warrantless search and seizure will be dropped after a full panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the search violated in the Fourth Amendment in a ...

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