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Monthly Archives: March 2009

‘Big box’ stopped (access required)

Local governments in Virginia won a closely watched battle that pitted a large-scale retail developer against land use regulators and citizens in the Town of Blacksburg. The Supreme Court of Virginia strictly interpreted a law that grants developers “vested rights” ...

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The first rollback: McGuireWoods to cut pay for new lawyers (access required)

Law firms across Virginia, and indeed across the country, have announced a freeze on pay for associates. Some firm leaders wondered aloud if salaries should not be reduced. But the firms have watched each other, waiting for someone to make ...

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Judicial evaluation program is dead (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia’s judicial evaluation program apparently is dead. The General Assembly cut the money for the JPE program from the 2009-10 budget, and Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. says the court system is “in the ...

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Special needs trust: Avoiding a malpractice trap (access required)

Special needs trusts are not “one-size-fits-all,” according to the lawyers who help preserve benefits for the disabled. Personal injury lawyers are cautioned against dabbling in the field when they get a settlement or judgment that could jeopardize benefits for a ...

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Judge pares mold verdict to $1.45M (access required)

A Loudoun County judge has reduced jury awards for a couple who contended that mold sickened them and left their home unlivable from $4.75 million to $1.45 million. Paul and Wendy Meng contended that mold developed in their new $900,000 ...

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Is evidence code going off the rail? (access required)

ROANOKE—The 20-year effort to get an official set of evidence rules in Virginia is still under review at the Supreme Court of Virginia, and one proponent is concerned that opposition has arisen. Richmond lawyer John M. Oakey Jr., who has ...

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Roanoke lawyers turn out for ‘rule of law’ school project (access required)

ROANOKE—If the response of Roanoke-area lawyers is any indication, a program to help middle schoolers understand the importance of the rule of law is getting strong support from Virginia attorneys. Sixty lawyers and judges volunteered for a pilot program for ...

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High court rejects rule change on undisclosed recordings (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected an amendment to the Rules of Professional Conduct that would have allowed attorneys to use undisclosed recordings to investigate and develop a case. The vote was 4-3, with Justices Cynthia D. Kinser, Donald ...

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Judge Petty to lawyers: Write better briefs (access required)

LYNCHBURG—At least one Virginia appellate judge has a few gripes about the work product he sees from Virginia lawyers. Judge William G. Petty of the Court of Appeals of Virginia told a gathering of Lynchburg lawyers this month he is ...

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