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08/05/2014Walker, James W.

Authored by attorney James W. Walker Have you ever performed work for a client without getting the client’s signature on a contract?  If a problem later surfaced, could you enforce its terms? In many states, the answer is a resounding …maybe.  Signed contracts are important because they establish with certainty who the client is, what… Read more »

Are All Damages Equal?

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06/16/2014Nicholas, Edward E.

Authored by attorneys Edward E. Nicholas, III and Maggie D. Finnegan If liability is clear (that is, the breach of contract cannot be disputed), then it comes down to damages. How much may the plaintiff recover? All damages caused by the defendant’s breach? Not necessarily, because, to answer the question posed above, not all damages are… Read more »

Be Careful What You Say About That Company

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12/09/2013Golden, Sean M.

Authored by attorney Sean M. Golden In Virginia, one who defames another can be sued for money damages.  Defamatory words can be either written (libel) or spoken (slander).  To be liable for defamation, the words used must not only be false, but must actually be defamatory, meaning that they tend to harm the reputation of… Read more »

Keeping Third Parties At Arm’s Length

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07/13/2012Nicholas, Edward E.

Jul 2012 , Vol. VI, No.1 Authored by attorney Ned Nicholas If we contract with someone we expect that if we don’t hold up our end of the bargain, then we may get sued for breach of contract.  That is one of the known risks of doing business.  But we don’t expect to get sued… Read more »