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Faulty Deportation Leads to Indictment Dismissal (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court dismisses an indictment charging defendant, a Honduran native who originally came to the U.S. in 1987 as a lawful permanent resident, with illegal reentry as a previously deported alien; because defendant’s deportation proceeding was ...

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Facebook will get face time with judges

A federal appeals court has allowed oral argument time for a Facebook lawyer when it hears the appeal of a controversial Virginia free speech ruling next week. Norfolk federal judge Raymond Jackson decided there was no constitutional violation when a ...

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Reviews mixed on Assembly legislation

Did the 2013 General Assembly make everyone happy, or nobody happy? It might depend on which bill you are talking about. State Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, told lawyers in Salem Tuesday the centerpiece of the session, the transportation bill, has ...

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Wife can’t recoup marital home funds

A divorce court could not ignore a couple’s prenuptial agreement and allow a wife to recoup her $135,000 contribution to building the marital home, the Virginia Court of Appeals said on May 7. The panel reversed an award to the ...

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Hookah lounge gets 2nd chance to dodge smoking ban

A Blacksburg hookah lounge has won a second look from the Virginia Court of Appeals in its battle to avoid the state’s restaurant no-smoking law. The “She-Sha Café and Hookah Lounge” offers customers the traditional middle eastern experience of smoking ...

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Ten tips for litigators to succeed in mediation (access required)

After observing parties succeed and fail in hundreds of mediations, I’ve come up with a top 10 list of tips for litigators to have a successful mediation. 1. Select the appropriate mediator. Mediators vary in approach and style. Some use ...

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