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Inspector struck by improperly secured fire line restraining device – $2,500,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, age 56, was a fire inspector who was witnessing the hydrostatic testing of an underground fire line when a mechanical restraining device blew from the end of the line, striking the plaintiff in the chest and causing extensive ...

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Juries see more than just the evidence (access required)

Don’t wear a pinky ring. Don’t wear monogrammed shirts. Don’t drive your fancy sports car to the courthouse. These are some of the rules lawyers follow if they don’t want to alienate jurors on Day 1. Why? Because juries are ...

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Appointments by circuit judges would be limited (access required)

Sen. Richard H. Black wants to prevent circuit judges from second-guessing the judgeship choices of the General Assembly, but his proposal may cast a wider net than he intended. In the wake of the House of Delegates’ controversial rejection of ...

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Western District keeps jurors happy

Here’s one way to keep the populace happy: Don’t have them jump into a federal jury pool when they likely will not have to serve. That “juror utilization” metric is something court administrators track, and the Federal Judicial Center has ...

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IOLTA, judicial funding on VBA legislative agenda

ROANOKE – Increasing money for both legal aid and for the judiciary are two key items on the Virginia Bar Association’s agenda for the 2013 General Assembly session. VBA president Hugh M. Fain said reforming Virginia’s actual innocence law also ...

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