Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses in Personal Injury Cases in Virginia

By Cory Bilton.

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Same-sex couples were allowed to legally marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia this week. In a historic, but understated move, the Supreme Court denied certiorari on all of the same-sex marriage appeals as mere line items on an 89 page list without explanation. Later that same day, the 4th Circuit issued a mandate that the previous 4th Circuit opinion, finding that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage impermissibly infringes on its citizens fundamental right to marry, was to take effect immediately. Same-sex couples all over Virginia were getting married by Monday afternoon. (Please accept my personal congratulations to everyone that got hitched in Virginia this week.) With legal recognition comes many new legal entitlements and obligations. Here are some of the new benefits and obligations same-sex couples will enjoy in personal injury cases and in civil litigation in Virginia.

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DC City Council Considers Switching From Contributory Negligence

By Cory Bilton.

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Last week, the DC City Council held a public hearing a new bill, Bill 20-0884, that would apply comparative negligence to bicycle collisions, instead of contributory negligence. The hearing Monday provided time for concerned citizens to share their views on whether comparative negligence should be adopted and whether bicyclists would benefit from the switch. I’ve shared my opinions before about how contributory negligence disproportionately affects bicyclists. So as soon as I heard about this bill, I immediately gave it two thumbs up, and signed up to testify in favor of it. Since I think this topic needs further public attention and thought, I’ll recap the situation and the arguments on both sides of the issue.

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