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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Award against Philip Morris will stand

The U.S. Supreme Court has determined not to rule on an appeal from Richmond-based cigarette maker Philip Morris USA, which hoped to overturn a $79.5-million verdict in favor of a Oregon widow. The decision leaves in place a ruling of ...

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Lawyer goes on the air

Rocky Mount lawyer Carolyn Furrow cuts through the jargon to offer legal advice for radio listeners in Franklin County. In each half-hour of “Law Talk,” she fields listeners’ questions about legal issues of all sorts, reports The Roanoke Times, clarifying ...

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Criminal – Attorney Disqualification – Conflict – Officer’s False Report

A Norfolk Circuit Court refuses to disqualify a lawyer from representing a police officer charged with falsely claiming a suspect threw drugs to the ground, even though the lawyer represented the drug suspect in 2001-2002 on charges that included assault ...

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Governor proposes stimulus-related amendments

Gov. Tim Kaine is proposing amendments to legislation that would make sure that the state gets $125 million in unemployment money from the federal stimulus package. The state already has received $62.5 million as part of the unemployment modernization program ...

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Civil Procedure – Attorney’s Fees – Hearing (access required)

Although a substitute commonwealth’s attorney said attorney’s fees requested by four Gloucester County supervisors “disregarded good billing judgment and went straight for the stars,” a Gloucester Circuit Court will allow petitioners another opportunity to present evidence on the sole issue ...

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Criminal – After-Discovered Evidence – Brady Violation (access required)

A Hanover Circuit Court vacates defendant’s conviction of animate sexual penetration because the commonwealth breached its duty under Brady v. Maryland to disclose the alleged victim’s prior inconsistent statements to police, and defendant was prejudiced as a result. The commonwealth’s ...

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