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Writs granted in family disputes (access required)

A couple of family disputes are among the cases the Supreme Court of Virginia agreed to hear after its latest writ panel session. One, Russell Realty Associates v. C. Edward Russell Jr., Record No. 110380, might be in the category ...

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Judge takes away women’s jury verdict against Virginia Tech

A judge has overturned a jury’s awards totaling $101,000 based on gender discrimination claims against Virginia Tech. Roanoke U.S. District Judge James Turk ordered a new trial holding the trial evidence showed Virginia Tech paid fund-raising employees based on experience ...

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After six years, SCC ends phone book investigation

Does anyone still use a phone book to look up a number? Apparently they did in 2004, because more than 350  complaints came rolling in to the State Corporation Commission when a multitude of errors appeared in Verizon telephone books ...

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NC prosecutor sues over friend’s affair with husband

North Carolina is one of the few remaining states with “heart balm” laws, allowing spurned spouses to recover big bucks as victims of  adultery. The latest example pits an assistant prosecutor against a family lawyer. The two women had been ...

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Too many lawyers?

Almost all the states in the nation, including Virginia, are turning out more lawyers than they need, according to a new study. The New York Times reports that there were nearly twice as many lawyers who passed the bar than ...

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Gamesmanship no threat to use of mediation in civil cases…yet (access required)

Lawyers increasingly complain about gamesmanship that threatens to sabotage the practice of mediation, but no one seems to be willing just yet to abandon the popular alternative to trial in civil cases. Despite finger pointing about mediation abuse between the ...

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6th Circuit approves Obama health care plan

A Republican appointee joined a Democratic appointee Wednesday for a 2-to-1 panel decision upholding the federal health care law in the first ruling on the program from a federal appeals court. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered the ...

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Hearings set for judicial map study

The Virginia Supreme Court panel studying proposed new judicial circuits and districts has announced details of the six public comment sessions it will hold in July. The first meeting, in Abingdon, is set for Thursday, July 7. The full meeting ...

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