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High court rejects suit filed by Chesterfield clerk (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia made short work of the challenge of Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk Judy L. Worthington to the authority of Chief Judge Michael C. Allen. The court dismissed on Jan. 16 Worthington’s petition for writs of prohibition ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Dec. 12, 2008, the VSB Disciplinary Board revoked Peter P. Mitrano’s license to practice law, based on his disbarment by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. According to the VSB, should he apply for reinstatement in Virginia, in ...

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Civil Rights – First Amendment – W.Va. Lottery Ads – Injunction (access required)

The 4th Circuit reverses a district court’s injunction against enforcement of West Virginia’s restrictions on limited video lottery advertising. Plaintiff, the West Virginia Association of Club Owners and Fraternal Services Inc., brought this suit on behalf of its members which ...

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Insurance companies target bill to boost auto limits

A Senate bill that would force Virginia drivers to carry at least $100,000 in auto liability coverage faces stiff opposition from the insurance industry. Sen. W. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Martinsville, introduced Senate Bill 1360 at the request of the Carroll County ...

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Attorneys – Legal Malpractice – Trust Revocability – Advice To Client

In this decision from Fairfax Circuit Court, a claim of lawyer malpractice is dismissed as to a client’s intent to make a trust revocable or irrevocable, based on collateral estoppel, but the client may pursue a claim of negligence in ...

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Term limits for the Chief Justice?

Those of you who relish a good old-fashioned separation of powers dustup will enjoy this item. Those of you who hate to see the courts, especially the Supreme Court of Virginia, pulled into a smashmouth political battle won’t be so ...

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VLF inducts new Fellows

WILLIAMSBURG—The Virginia Law Foundation inducted 15 new Fellows last night at its annual dinner. The inductees were: • William L. Botts III, Rappahannock Legal Services, Fredericksburg • Ann T. Burks, Ethyl Corporation (retired), Richmond • Lori Elliott Jarvis, Hunton & ...

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