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Dead men speak: Statute permits unlimited hearsay (access required)

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A sharp dispute over personal injury damages in a rear-ender has spotlighted Virginia’s limitless hearsay exception allowing evidence of any relevant statement by a deceased party, regardless of circumstances. The fender-bender plaintiff came away from trial with a zero-dollar verdict, ...

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Vacation injury (access required)

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A trip and fall that ruined plans for a relaxed week at the beach in 2014 has led to a court ruling that could have broad consequences for Virginia premises liability claims. A family renting a beach house for a ...

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High court upholds arbitration win for Alexandria lawyer (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia will not disturb an arbitration decision that absolved an Alexandria attorney of ethics accusations and slammed a plaintiff with more than $900,000 in sanctions. The decision by five justices could end a protracted battle over ...

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The duty to protect others (access required)

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A sharply divided Supreme Court of Virginia says those who assume a duty to guard against criminal harm can be liable only if they communicate their undertaking. A four-justice majority of the high court affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit against ...

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