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Let the shopping begin: Retailers are ready for Black Friday

Customers will line up outside stores this afternoon and tomorrow morning as retailers trigger their Black Friday bargains and open their doors. Some eager shoppers will camp out to secure spots at the front of the line.

Local Business News

Barbie beats Elsa as top toy for girls

See you later, Elsa. Barbie has put the freeze on Disney’s “Frozen.”

Smartphones overtake desktops for holiday shopping

The holiday season could be a merry mobile one for shoppers.

Dominion halts program that recycles refrigerators

Dominion Virginia Power is suspending a popular refrigerator recycling program because of problems with the vendor that did the work.

PHOTOS: Macy's prepares for holiday sales

Macy's staff at the Chesterfield Towne Center prepare for Thanksgiving sales that begin today at 5:00.

Care enough to give more than gift cards this year

We interrupt your regularly scheduled mutual funds coverage with a plea for the holidays:

Jury in W.Va. mine trial still without verdict

Jurors are heading into a holiday break without a verdict in the federal trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Norfolk airport tells Uber it must pay for permit

Uber drivers will no longer be able to pick up passengers at the Norfolk International Airport.

Passenger traffic at Richmond International Airport up 5.2 in October

Passenger traffic at Richmond International Airport continues to rise.

Business principles 101: Perform the tasks most critical to your business

I have had three breaks in my entrepreneurial career.

Ask Doug & Polly: Choosing a consultant

QUESTION:  I am thinking about hiring a consultant to help me with some challenges my small business is facing. Do you have any recommendations for how to choose the right consultant?

Ask SCORE: New SCOREcard business competition looking for applicants

QUESTION: I started my business a year ago and feel I am on the right track. However, I do not have all the right answers and need someone to critique my business model. What do you suggest?

More Learning Center
Getting to know: Caryn Foster Durham

Title: Managing partner and owner of Charles Ryan Associates, a Richmond-based brand communications firm

Decision Maker for Nov. 23: Julie H. Gustavsson

New position: partner and chief operating officer, Keiter, the largest independent local CPA firm in Richmond.

Getting to know: Suchit Gandhi with Pirtek

Title: Suchit Gandhi, owner of Pirtek franchise in Henrico County, which provides hydraulic and pneumatic hose services for numerous industries

Decision Maker for Nov. 16: Marc Purintun

New position: chair, employee benefits and executive compensation practice, Williams Mullen, one of the largest corporate law firms in the Richmond area with 10 offices in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington.

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Whatever you fear most has no power... it is your fear that has the power.

- Oprah Winfrey

What Is Contributory Negligence?

When a person is injured in Virginia because someone is negligent (for example, a driver runs a stop sign and causes an accident), the law in Virginia also looks to see if the injured person was “contributorily negligent.” Virginia is one of a handful of states that has “pure contributory negligence.” Under this rule, a plaintiff found by a judge or jury to be just a small percent at fault for contributing to an accident will recover nothing, even though the defendant is mainly the one at fault. Other states joining Virginia with a pure contributory negligence rule are Alabama, the District of Columbia, Maryland and North Carolina. All of the other states instead have some version of “comparative negligence.”

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