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Virginia: Vehicle Accidents – A Lawyer’s Bias

Virginia: Vehicle Accidents – A Lawyer’s Bias

On December 10, 2020, the Virginia Supreme Court held that a litigation expert must have only a “substantial,” not a “direct,” relationship with a party’s insurer for the same to be admissible in evidence for bias; and that an “insurer’s payment of a considerable sum of money to an expert for his prior testimony favorable to its insureds can be enough to establish a ‘substantial relationship’ on its own.” The car crash case is Graves v. Shoemaker, No. 191500.