A “scorched-earth” litigation campaign mounted by a divorcee and her lawyers against the woman’s ex-husband has prompted a Virginia judge to impose a record-breaking $880,748.26 sanction award against both the client and the lawyer.
The sanctions award ordered by Fairfax Circuit Judge Jonathan C. Thacher appears to be the largest ever in Virginia.
It’s fair to assume Warren Hillman never intended that the proceeds of his federal employee life insurance policy would go to his ex-wife when he died unexpectedly in 2008.
But whatever Warren intended doesn’t matter. That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the only thing that matters is that he did not change his beneficiary designation after his 1998 divorce.
The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act preempts a Virginia law that would have allowed a decedent’s current wife to recover life insurance proceeds paid to the man’s ex-wife as the policy’s named beneficiary.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a divorced Virginia woman could not be forced to surrender the proceeds of a federal employee life insurance policy that she received as her ex-husband’s named beneficiary.
After being caught on a surveillance video while helping a client break into the home of her estranged husband, a New Mexico attorney had his license suspended for two years.
Distributions that a husband received from a charitable trust could be treated as marital property subject to division in his divorce, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled in affirming judgment.
The potential federal tax consequences facing a husband should have been considered in determining whether he was entitled to a modification of the alimony provisions in his divorce decree, Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled in reversing judgment.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a state law allowing a cause of action to recover a life insurance payment after its distribution is preempted by federal law.
A husband could recover damages for his former wife’s violation of a “hold harmless” clause in their divorce decree, the Utah Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment.
A divorced man’s obligation to pay off a marital debt in the form of a line of credit was not discharged in his bankruptcy case, the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment.