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ODBA, VWAA back four for appeals seat (access required)

The Old Dominion Bar Association and Virginia Women Attorneys Association have endorsed the same four candidates recommended by other bar groups earlier for a seat on the Virginia Court of Appeals. The ODBA found Loudoun County Circuit Judge Burke F. ...

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Med-mal expert can testify despite limited patient time (access required)

A physician who spends only 25 to 30 percent of his time in direct patient care can still qualify to testify as an expert in a medical malpractice case, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled earlier this month. The doctor ...

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Suspect in 1967 Staunton ice cream shop deaths dies (access required)

STAUNTON—A woman charged just last month in the 1967 slayings of two young co-workers at an ice cream shop has died. Sharron Diane Crawford Smith, 61, died Monday night, Staunton Police spokeswoman Lisa Klein said. An official cause of death ...

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Real Estate – Purchase Option – Covenant – Run With Land (access required)

A purchase option in a deed of trust real estate buyers conveyed in a purchase of Arlington County property did not run with the land, and the trial court judgment so holding is reversed by the Supreme Court of Virginia; ...

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Chesapeake Corp. sold under bankruptcy plan (access required)

Specialty packaging company Chesapeake Corp. will close on a sale of its business units in April under a plan approved by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. The Richmond-based company that operates mostly in Europe filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection ...

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Senate backs no-excuse absentee voting bill (access required)

A Senate committee has endorsed a no-excuse absentee voting bill, which would allow Virginia voters to cast their ballots before election day without providing one of 17 specific reasons now required. The vote by the Senate committee on Tuesday came ...

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PUBLISHED ORDER (access required)

The 4th Circuit denies a petition for rehearing en banc in Palisades Collections LLC v. Shorts v. AT&T Mobility LLC. [VLW 008-2-115]. Dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc, Judge Niemeyer: While I find the petition for rehearing persuasive, ...

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‘Unavoidable accident’ instruction use narrowed (access required)

So much for the “unavoidable accident” instruction. The Supreme Court of Virginia has allowed it in what the court described on Jan. 16 “certain narrow circumstances.” But the court said in Hancock-Underwood v. Knight (VLW 009-6-009) on Jan. 16 that ...

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