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Monthly Archives: March 2012

State or federal court – consider the end game

It’s not automatic that a civil rights challenge to a statute or ordinance is best filed in state court, Virginia Beach lawyer Kevin Martingayle told members of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Friday. With state court, you might get a ...

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Missing manhole cover ‘open and obvious’ (access required)

A woman who fell into an open manhole while walking her dog cannot sue the contractor whose employee was on his way to her house to warn her about the manhole. The Supreme Court of Virginia agreed on March 30 ...

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Judge denies move to halt Hopewell speeding revenue

While the General Assembly considers stripping some law enforcement revenue from local governments, the battle over speeding ticket revenue came to a head in a Hopewell courtroom Thursday. City prosecutor Rick Newman moved to turn all the city’s local speeding ...

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Do Google’s privacy changes affect your law practice? (access required)

Changes to Google’s privacy policies have created an uproar globally over concerns that the Internet behemoth has consolidated its information gathering without revealing how it will use that information and giving users no chance to opt out. Lawyers who use ...

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Search after home invasion OK (access required)

A man who shot back at armed invaders could not suppress drugs found in his home when police executed a search warrant for firearms and ammunition related to the shoot-out. Armed men invaded the apartment Derrick Wilson shared with a ...

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Liability policy not ‘ambiguous” (access required)

A vehicle’s driver was a person “responsible for use” of the vehicle under an auto liability policy, and the carrier could not contest coverage on that point, the Supreme Court of Virginia said. The provision at issue said an “Insured ...

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Contractor suit goes back for business conspiracy damages (access required)

A fight over a contractor’s right to excavate on Montgomery County property is coming back from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The high court revived the contractor’s summary judgment win on claims for business conspiracy and malicious prosecution, and sent ...

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W&M dean explains drop in U.S. News rankings (access required)

The College of William & Mary law school sank eight spots in the annual rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report, and the school’s dean says the drop is due to the number of graduates who are unemployed. Dean ...

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Big Stone, NN courthouses on list for possible closure (access required)

Two Virginia federal courthouses are marked for possible closing under a federal judiciary study. The federal courthouses in Newport News and Big Stone Gap are on a list of lesser used courthouses circulated among federal judges for review and comment, ...

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