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Portsmouth’s Del. Melvin announces his retirement (access required)

Del. Kenneth Melvin, a Democrat from Portsmouth, is retiring his House seat after 12 terms. One of the House’s most passionate orators, Melvin, 56, became perhaps General Assembly’s most articulate advocate of minority rights since he took his seat in ...

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Supreme Court overturns 4th Circuit on gun possession ban (access required)

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld last week the conviction of a West Virginia man for violating a federal law barring people convicted in domestic violence cases from possessing firearms. In a 7-2 vote, the court ruled that the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Hicks named top PD in Arlington (access required)

Vanessa Hicks, the deputy public defender in Arlington since May 2005, has been appointed to the top spot in the office. She succeeds John C. Young, who has been ill and left the office on long-term disability. A graduate of ...

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Judge upholds punitives award against drunk driver (access required)

A circuit judge has refused to set aside a $280,000 verdict for a car crash victim who incurred less than $800 in initial medical expenses. Upholding the verdict in Showker v. Kratzer, Rockingham County Circuit Judge James V. Lane rejected ...

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Mims elected AG (access required)

The Virginia General Assembly elected former delegate and senator William C. Mims as the state’s 45th attorney general on Thursday. Mims had served as chief deputy attorney general under Attorney General Bob McDonnell since January 2006. McDonnell stepped down earlier ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Feb. 20, the Virginia State Bar Second District Committee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Virginia Beach lawyer Daniel J. Miller for violating the disciplinary rule that governs declining or terminating representation. According to the VSB, the violation ...

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Civil Procedure – Res Judicata – Condo Act Warranty (access required)

A Norfolk Circuit Court surveys the recent case law on res judicata and holds that a condo buyer’s breach of warranty suit is barred, because an earlier case raising the same complaints about the unit he bought without a personal ...

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Negligence – Auto Accident – Punitive Damages – Chiropractic Treatment (access required)

In this auto accident case against a driver with multiple DUI violations, a Rockingham County Circuit Court upholds a damage award of $80,000 compensatory and $200,000 punitive damages for a teenage girl who incurred $765 in medical expenses and anticipates ...

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Products Liability – Apartment Sprinkler Heads – Statute Of Repose (access required)

In a case of apparent first impression, a Prince William Circuit Court says that apartment complex sprinkler heads are “ordinary building materials” under Virginia’s statute of repose, and a lawsuit after an apartment fire is barred. First Centrum LLC and ...

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