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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Payee notification dead for the year

The Supreme Court of Virginia has asked the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association to withdraw legislation they had planned to introduce on payee notification. The Virginia State Bar Council had endorsed the concept in October. The ...

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Court sees six DVDs of teen questioning

Looking for a tutorial on police interrogation tactics? We’ve got something better than a Law & Order rerun. Two Norfolk police detectives brought 17-year-old Kelsey Erin Helvenston into the police station on March 22 to question her about a fatal ...

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NC court’s pilot program puts audio recordings on PACER  (access required)

RALEIGH–J. Rich Leonard, a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, has been at the forefront of an experiment in seven states to see whether making digital recordings available online is useful for the public. The Judicial Conference, ...

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P.i. plaintiffs post win on nonsuit issue  (access required)

The latest battle over nonsuit rights may be heating up across Virginia. A new circuit court case clearly rejects a controversial decision last summer that dismissed a p.i. suit because it was refiled with an increased ad damnum. Last August, ...

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Court asks withdrawal of payee notification  (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. asked the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association today to back off on payee notification legislation in this session of the General Assembly. Hassell told VSB Executive Director Karen A. ...

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Court rules are on court’s own Web site

The Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia have a new online address and a new look. The rules now are hosted here on the court’s own Web site in PDF form. Steven L. Dalle Mura, director of legal research ...

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Judge Friedman to take senior status later this year

U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Friedman of Norfolk will take senior status Nov. 30, The Virginian-Pilot is reporting. Friedman has been on the federal bench since 1997. He was a Virginia Beach circuit judge when President Clinton tapped him for ...

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Two top VT officials remain in shootings lawsuit

Virginia Tech president Charles Steger and former Executive Vice-President James Hyatt remain as defendants in the two lawsuits filed by families of students killed in the 2007 shootings at the school. Also remaining in the case are the former head ...

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Former state Sen. George Warren dies

Former state Sen. George M. Warren Jr., a prominent trial lawyer and prosecutor, has died at age 87, reports the Bristol Herald Courier . Sen. Warren served in the Virginia Senate from 1963 to 1975.  He was Bristol Commonwealth’s Attorney ...

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Hair habit comes home to roost

Famed New Orleans restaurateur Al Copeland left a legacy of litigation stemming from his hair enhancements when he died last March. As reported by sister publication New Orleans City Business , Copeland’s estate is being sued for $126,000 for charges ...

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