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Will Obama’s proposals rein in patent trolls? (access required)

The Obama Administration has announced five executive actions and seven legislative proposals aimed at holding back the tsunami of litigation by patent trolls, and lawyers are weighing in on whether the recommendations will wall off the tidal waves or merely ...

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10 ways to alienate a jury (without even trying) (access required)

Winning a jury trial requires effective presentation of the evidence and argument. But let’s face it: You’re a lot more likely to win if the jurors like and trust you. Some lawyers get so focused on the exhibits and witnesses ...

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Lawyer’s light loan payoff leads to discipline charge (access required)

A lawyer who allegedly underpaid a lawsuit loan when he settled his client’s case is facing a misconduct charge from the Virginia State Bar. The loan company demanded a payoff of nearly nine times the original loan amount of $26,500, but received only $50,000 from the plaintiff's lawyer as he made payments from a $3 million settlement [...]

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Appeal granted in proffer clash (access required)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a simmering dispute over when Virginia localities have to delay their collection of cash proffers from developers. Some fast-growing communities require builders to make cash payments in exchange for approval of their building ...

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Appeal granted in proffer clash (access required)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a simmering dispute over when Virginia localities have to delay their collection of cash proffers from developers. Some fast-growing communities require builders to make cash payments in exchange for approval of their building ...

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Bench temps: Substitute judges fill gaps across the state (access required)

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When it comes to filling temporary vacancies on the bench, Virginia may not have such a deep bench. A sizeable number of lawyers sit as substitute judges all over the commonwealth, and court clerks say they depend on the extra ...

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