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Virginia Fair Trial Project to close (access required)

The Virginia Fair Trial Project, the criminal defense coalition formed to level the criminal justice playing field, will close its doors at the end of the month. Jack Harris, executive director of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, said in September ...

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VSB to resume posting all discipline (access required)

The Virginia State Bar will resume posting all attorney disciplinary actions on its Web site. The postings will include those which may be appealed by the respondent lawyer. Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. told VSB President Manuel A. Capsalis ...

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Purse was not a ‘tool’ (access required)

A woman’s handbag may be part of an “outfit” in the fashion pages, but not in a court of law. The en banc Virginia Court of Appeals, in a three-way opinion in Edwards v. Commonwealth (VLW 009-7-070), rejected characterization of ...

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Insurer off the hook in patent dispute (access required)

This story starts out with a correction tape dispenser – one of those devices that releases a small piece of opaque tape that whites out errors on a document. This device was developed by a Japanese company that hired a ...

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Three GOP candidates for AG spar in Roanoke (access required)

ROANOKE—Each of the three lawyers vying for the GOP nomination for attorney general hopes to persuade fellow Republicans he can be the most electable while remaining the most conservative. The terms of the contest emerged as Ken Cuccinelli, John Brownlee ...

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Bus driver settles claim for $5 million (access required)

A bus driver who lost a leg in a collision in Northern Virginia has settled his lawsuit for $5 million. Terry Shoemaker, 56, was driving 48 high school seniors from Berkley, W.Va., in a motor coach to Disney World when ...

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Ledbetter law could spell trouble for employers (access required)

When the United States Supreme Court in 2007 denied Lilly Ledbetter’s pay discrimination claim against her employer Goodyear Tire as being untimely, it touched off a rallying cry among women and employee rights groups across the nation. These efforts culminated ...

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Web Sites: Silver Screen Edition (access required)

The Academy Awards were handed out last night, long after this issue went to bed. But here’s a look at Web sites that are dedicated to movies about lawyers. And there is a tie to the Oscars: “To Kill a ...

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Sites for Circuit Courts vary by jurisdiction (access required)

You probably know by now that the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia Appeals Court Web sites offer a host of valuable resources for trial lawyers. But as the Feb. 9 Web Hits column mentioned, there is no centralized ...

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Kaine, British ambassador pen environment accord (access required)

Virginia and the United Kingdom entered a partnership to jointly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop environmentally friendly technology jobs. Gov. Tim Kaine and the British ambassador to the United States, Nigel Sheinwald, signed the deal Feb. 12 in the ...

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