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Lawmakers, courts focus on preemption (access required)

WASHINGTON, DC—The issue of federal preemption of state claims is a hot-button topic in the nation’s capitol. As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to take on the question in several cases this term, lawmakers recently held a hearing to get ...

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Protecting the public

The Virginia State Bar Council took decidedly different positions Friday on two issues described as public protection measures. One was a proposal to require insurance companies to notify claimants when they mail settlement checks to the claimants’ attorneys. That measure ...

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July bar exam results are in

The results for the July 2007 Virginia Bar Examination are in. Click on the words above and you’ll head to a list of the 1,081 applicants who were successful in Roanoke last summer. A total of 1,502 people sat for ...

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E-discovery one year later, the view from Richmond

Read the 2006 federal rules on e-discovery, but don’t ignore the old case law, a Richmond federal district judge told lawyers yesterday at a Richmond-area bench-bar conference. The changes to Federal Rules 26, 33, 34 and 37 didn’t develop in ...

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Taser news: Evolution of a brand name?

Speaking of tasers, more people are speaking of tasers these days. Virginia Lawyers Weekly reports three taser-related cases in next week’s issue, which doubles the number of “taser” cases reported in prior years since 1993. A Richmond federal district judge ...

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Reed Smith to merge with Chinese firm

Reed Smith LLP will establish a presence in China when it merges with a Hong Kong firm on Jan. 1. The partners of Richards Butler Hong Kong will become partners in Reed Smith, an international law firm originally founded in ...

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Valpo law prof to decide fate of Vick’s dogs

A Valparaiso University law professor who is an expert in animal control law has been selected to decide what to do with the 48 pit bulls seized at Michael Vick’s Surry County property. The Daily Press has the story.

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Group files suit to stop Interstate 73

An environmental activist group has filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to stop construction of Interstate 73, a proposed highway from the Roanoke Valley to the North Carolina state line. But the Roanoke Times reports that a group called Virginians for ...

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