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Mims goes on high court (access required)

(AP Photo/Richmond Times Dispatch, Bob Brown) William C. Mims was formally invested today as the 100th person to serve as a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. “Just as they have all the other times I’ve appeared before the ...

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Justice Stevens to retire

Justice John Paul Stevens made official today what he had given strong indications that he planned to do for almost a year: retire from the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s the text of his letter to President Obama: My dear Mr. ...

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Intellectual Property?

Last week while I was out in my yard, I found a magnolia leaf with a curious marking. So, now Mother Nature is copyrighting her leaves? Would this fall under artistic works? Maybe discovery or invention? Most definitely an innovation ...

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Virginia homeowners awarded $2.6 million for drywall claims

Seven Virginia families who claimed their homes were damaged by tainted Chinese drywall have won a $2.6-million award against a Chinese manufacturer. The 108-page decision by New Orleans federal Judge Eldon Fallon is expected to serve as a guide for ...

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Little property damage, but motorist suffers mild brain injury – $1,250,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was involved in a three-car crash on Interstate 95 in Stafford County on June 24, 2005. Defendant rear-ended the vehicle that was stopped behind the plaintiff, pushing it into the plaintiff’s vehicle. There was very little visible property damage ...

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Governor pix open for clicks

The life of a Virginia governor is one of unending public appearances, with a little excitement thrown in from time to time. That’s the impression, anyway, from the hundreds of photographs of Gov. Bob McDonnell, now available on his own ...

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Lawyer Once-Were: Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael was one of America’s great songwriters of the 20th century. He penned “Stardust,” “Georgia on My Mind” and “Heart and Soul,” just to name a few. But Carmichael (right) also was a guy who earned a law degree ...

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