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Homeowner, visitor at odds over dog bite provocation – $74,500 Verdict (access required)

On Aug. 20, 2008, the plaintiff entered the home of the defendant and was attacked by the defendant’s family dog, a German shepherd/retriever mix. The plaintiff and defendant had known each other for approximately 30 years, were high school classmates ...

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Woman alleges negligence during hemorrhoid surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff was a 39-year-old female who went to the defendant general surgeon with extremely painful Grade IV hemorrhoids in March 2005. He admitted her to the hospital and performed surgery the next day to remove the hemorrhoids. There was ...

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No defamation claim from draft legal complaint (access required)

A lawyer who said he was defamed by a draft legal complaint that described him as “an unethical lawyer and a racist” cannot sue for defamation, says a Fairfax Circuit Court. Claims made in a lawsuit generally are protected under ...

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ABC ban on college ads for booze goes to Supreme Court (access required)

A federal magistrate judge in Richmond wants some help from the Supreme Court of Virginia in deciding the constitutionality of the state’s ban on advertising for alcoholic beverages in campus newspapers. The issue has been kicking around for five years, ...

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Confrontation Clause violation is harmless error (access required)

An admitted violation of a defendant’s right to confront the author of a ballistics certificate was harmless error, largely because the jury never saw the document, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in an unpublished order. The report tied ...

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Draft LEO calls plea bargain waiver unethical

A type of plea agreement familiar to Virginia federal prosecutors is unethical, according to a draft legal ethics opinion from the Virginia State Bar’s Committee on Legal Ethics. The plea agreement at issue requires a criminal defendant to give up ...

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When Harry met retirement

Harry Hirsch, the Deputy Bar Counsel at the Virginia State Bar, spent 27 years in the VSB disciplinary department, longer than any other lawyer. Just before he retired this week, he was feted by his colleagues at the VSB, both ...

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