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Law professor: Virginia grocers wise to avoid costs of litigation

The tension was thick as two Virginia grocery chains stared each other down like gunfighters in an old Clint Eastwood western. German grocer Lidl is the new kid in town with a reputation for burying the competition with low prices. Kroger is the old hand, having survived many previous showdowns.

This time at least, the two companies thought better of settling their differences in court. A professor at the University of Richmond School of Law said it appears that plaintiff Kroger decided "that it wasn’t worth the time, money and effort to go on with the litigation."

Virginia's small business owners advised to read contracts

A Virginia business accelerator recently offered advice to entrepreneurs: read carefully before signing on the dotted line. Virginia courts often rely on the words spelled out in written contracts when trying to resolve disputes between businesses.

If you don't read a contract before signing it, you might well regret those few minutes saved by skipping a careful reading. And if you don't understand the terms of a contract, and you fail to contact an attorney who will explain it to you in clear terms, again, you might well regret that decision.

Drunk driver hit drunk driver in fatal Virginia crash

Two drunks, one collision, three people hospitalized, one dead. Those are some of the grim numbers that tell part of the story of a drunk-driving crash two years ago that ended the life of a 33-year-old Virginia woman.

We cannot hope to tell the whole story here in a blog post. We could not possibly convey the loss her family and friends feel after a wreck between two drunken drivers took her life about 200 miles south of McLean.

Virginia woman guilty in fatal distracted driving crash

It was the day after Thanksgiving and a Virginia family was sitting in their minivan at a stoplight about an hour southwest of McLean. The dad was driving, with the mom in the front passenger seat and their three young kids seated in the back.

The father said he could see a vehicle approaching at high speed, leaving him no time to react. The speeding SUV slammed into the back of the van, trapping one of the three children in a tangle of bent metal. Three days after the violent rear-end collision, the little boy died.

Food for thought: giant grocers square off in Virginia lawsuit

On one side is the nation's largest grocer, Kroger, and its 2,800 stores. On the other side is one of the smallest grocery chains in the nation: Lidl, with just 10 outlets. Three of Germany's discount chain stores are here in Virginia; and the company has plans to have 100 stores open by summer of 2018.

Kroger recently filed a lawsuit in Richmond against Lidl (rhymes with "needle"), charging its emerging rival with trademark infringement, unfair competition and violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

Senior drives off Virginia road, hits lawn tractor and kills man

It is about a four-hour drive southwest of McLean to Franklin County. The area in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains was recently the site of an unusual motor vehicle accident that is also undeniably a tragedy.

Virginia State Police officials say an older woman was driving her car east on Route 949 when for an unknown reason the vehicle veered off of the left side of the road. The 2004 Honda Odyssey slammed into a lawn tractor and the man operating it. He died at the scene, police said.

Business conflict over second Tesla Virginia dealership

It is a nearly two-hour drive south from McLean to Richmond. And if Elon Musk has his way, you will make the trip in a new Tesla electric car. The company is currently in a legal dispute with the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association over a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles decision to allow the California-based firm to open a company-owned dealership in Richmond.

A Richmond Circuit Court judge has ruled that the dealers association has legal standing to challenge the DMV's decision, saying the organization is indeed an “aggrieved party” that can appeal the late 2016 decision by DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb.

Fairfax County high school coach killed in pedestrian accident

As many of our McLean readers know, our area's high school football community recently suffered a devastating loss. Fairfax County's James Madison High coach, Leonard A. Schultz, 52, was killed and his nephew critically injured in a crash this past weekend near a Capital Beltway interchange.

The two men were trying to secure a boat to a trailer in the “Mixing Bowl” interchange in the Springfield area. As they tried to resecure the boat, a box truck slammed into the boat and Leonard Schultz. The impact also injured his nephew, Albert Schultz, Virginia State Police said. According to the Washington Post, the truck driver has been charged with reckless driving in the pedestrian accident.

Danger ahead for Virginia road construction workers

When we think of dangerous jobs, it is often with police officers, firefighters, loggers, pilots and other traditionally risky occupations in mind. But a recent survey of contractors makes it clear that some of the most dangerous jobs are held by people we see in and around McLean every day: road construction workers.

Forty-four percent of surveyed contractors in Virginia and across the nation said that they had experienced motor vehicle crashes at their road construction sites last year. Of those who reported work zone car accidents, half said the incidents involved injuries.

Virginia nonprofit's lawsuit to halt chicken slaughter dismissed

In order to drive from McLean to Machipongo, Virginia, you have to use the Chesapeake Bay Bridge–Tunnel. The 20-mile journey includes passages over bridges, through tunnels and over islands.

Machipongo is the home of nonprofit organization United Poultry Concerns. The group recently had its lawsuit against a California synagogue dismissed. The synagogue practices a ritual slaughter of chickens known as kapparot or kaporos.

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