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Panel backs reelection of Judge Alexander

A House committee has approved the election of Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander to a third eight-year term on the bench. Alexander came under scrutiny by the panel for his handling of a special grand jury that looked into management ...

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Congress is mulling ‘Arbitration Fairness Act’ (access required)

Congress has before it a law that could change consumer and employment law profoundly – the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2009. The name itself – not to mention the “findings” in the bill that its proponents say justify the law ...

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Martin Clark on writing and rejection

Many people know that Patrick County Circuit Judge Martin Clark has a day job as a judge and a second job as an author. He has published three novels – The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, Pure Heathen Mischief ...

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School boards get coverage for special ed lawsuits

Virginia public school officials score a win at the Supreme Court of Virginia today with a decision that the state’s insurance plan for school systems must cover school districts for lawsuits under the federal special education law. The ruling means ...

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Lawyers’ contempt convictions reversed  (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has overturned summary contempt convictions and jail terms for two Virginia Beach lawyers and their law clerk. The contempt findings arose during a felony jury trial in which law partners Claude M. Scialdone and Barry ...

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Noncompete decision by arbitrators will stand (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has declined to overturn an arbitration award that included resolution of a noncompete issue. In Cotton Creek Circles LLC v. San Luis Valley Water Co., the high court looked at a case involving ranches and ...

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Governments have immunity under Va. whistleblower law

A county employee who reported misdeeds by his supervisor – and was promptly fired – cannot sue for retaliation under the Virginia whistleblower law because the county is protected by sovereign immunity, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today. There ...

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