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New VSB council members elected

Five new members of Virginia State Bar Council prevailed in contested mail ballot elections in the 2nd, 4th, 13th, 14th and 18th circuits. In addition, George W. Shanks moved from an ex officio position as head of the Senior Lawyers ...

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Legal Food Frenzy exceeds goal

The small Richmond firm of Schettine & Nguyen PLC won the “Attorney General’s Cup” for producing the most food per capita in the second annual Legal Food Frenzy. Other winners included Christian & Barton LLC of Richmond, McKenry, Dancigers, Dawson ...

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Lawyer needn’t give notice before filing bankruptcy (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia could have reversed the sanction against a lawyer who avoided a trial with a last-minute bankruptcy filing based on its finding that there was no factual basis for the trial court’s conclusion that he never ...

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Assembly reconvenes, taps judges (access required)

The General Assembly finally filled 22 out of about 30 judicial vacancies late Wednesday night but left it to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine or circuit judges to fill seats in Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Roanoke. The bitterest disputes were ...

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Limited partner can’t file derivative suit for p’ship (access required)

A family dispute over a Toyota dealership in Northern Virginia has produced the first appellate ruling in the state over the standing of a limited partner to file a derivative action on behalf of the partnership. The Supreme Court of ...

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What if the jury gives $0 for solace in death case? (access required)

Christa Wright testified that she and her husband had a close relationship and had no intention of separating when Anthony Edward Wright was killed in a motorcycle wreck in Frederick County in July 2004. Two juries apparently believed otherwise, based ...

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Most judicial vacancies filled

The General Assembly elected 22 judges late yesterday but failed to fill vacancies on the State Corporation Commission and in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton and Roanoke. Court of Appeals Judges Robert J. Humphreys and Jean Harrison Clements won reappointments, and ...

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City to finally move on Richmond courthouse

The Times-Dispatch has an article on its Web site about the much-delayed plan for getting the two criminal general district courtrooms out of the deteriorating Public Safety Building. The plan now is to move them to a renovated Manchester Courthouse, ...

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