Category: Laws & Cases

There Is No Such Thing As A Vote That Doesn’t Matter

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ID, ID, ID, it’s time to satisfy the Registrar that you are who you are.
As you may have heard, Virginia no longer requires a PHOTO ID, in order to vote (except in one circumstance), but you still have to have SOME ID. Although by far, most people still use a Driver’s License (even an expired one will be accepted), below is a list of what ELSE you can use.

BE AWARE – if you can’t produce an acceptable ID, then you STILL CAN VOTE, you have to sign an ID Confirmation Statement and then you can vote with a regular ballot.

  1. Valid Photo ID issued by employer, US or Va government, high school in Va, College in the US.
  2. Government issued ID from a federal, Va or local political subdivision
  3. Valid DMV issued ID card
  4. Valid Tribal enrollment of tribal ID issued by one of 11 tribes
  5. Valid US passport or passport card
  6. Valid employee ID card if it contains a photo
  7. US Military ID
  8. Nursing Home resident ID
  9. Voter ID card issued by Dept of Elections
  10. Valid student ID issued by school of higher educ in US
  11. Valid student ID issued by public or public high school in VA
  12. Valid Virginia Drivers License
  13. Current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck containing name and address of voter.
  14. Any other current government document with name and address of voter.
    OR if you have none, SIGNED CONFIRMATION STATEMENT.
    There should be no excuse for you to be turned away at the polls, so be ready and vote early.

How Do I Fight Goliath?

imgres1At one time or another, most of us have heard about “class actions”, where groups of people claim to have all suffered a personal injury caused by a particular company or a particular drug.  Some of you may have taken Fen-Phen years ago as a diet drug, or Xarelto, or have received a hip implant from a company called DePuy Orthopedics.  Everyone knows about the Gulf Oil spill harm arising from the Deep Water Horizon failure.  How about Chinese Dry Wall? Continue reading “How Do I Fight Goliath?”

Pure Contributory Negligence: How Virginia Law May Affect Your Accident Case

Pure Contributory Negligence: How Virginia Law May Affect Your Accident CaseNegligence is an essential element of personal injury cases, particularly those involving motor vehicle accidents. The definition of negligence is pretty standard, but there are different theories of negligence that are applied from state to state. The definition of negligence, according to the Cornell Law School, is “a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.” Continue reading “Pure Contributory Negligence: How Virginia Law May Affect Your Accident Case”

Supreme Court of Virginia Reiterates Punitive Damage Standard in Civil Drunk Driving Case

Supreme Court of Virginia Reiterates Punitive Damage Standard in Civil Drunk Driving CaseThe Supreme Court of Virginia recently struck a blow for justice when it remanded a personal injury case to the trial court for further consideration of punitive damages. The appeal involved a jury instruction that may have caused the jury in the case to not appropriately consider its award of punitive damages. Cain v. Lee, (2015). Continue reading “Supreme Court of Virginia Reiterates Punitive Damage Standard in Civil Drunk Driving Case”

$18 Million – What Happens When They Really AREN’T On Your Side

The next time that you hear one of the multitude of commercials on television, where the kindly spokesperson tells you that their insurance company wants to be your friend and that they are there to help you like your best buddy, feel free to yell back at the TV, because you won’t want to believe this.

After a 16 year fight, and 2 trials, a Judge in Pennsylvania ruled that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company had violated the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, and had acted in Bad Faith, when it, get this, dragged out a vehicle property damage claim, for 18 YEARS, and spent $2.5 Million in legal fees to avoid paying a claim of LESS THAN $25,000.00.  No this is not one of those “made up Stella award” cases.  This is the result in the case of Berg v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., PICS No. 14-0999, in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania, issued recently.

BELIEVE IT!!! Continue reading “$18 Million – What Happens When They Really AREN’T On Your Side”