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Architect win $20,000 for copyright violation (access required)

R. Wayne Galloway has his retirement dream home on Lake Wylie near Charlotte, N.C., designed by an architectural firm that specializes in such homes. He didn’t get it the old-fashioned way by retaining Christopher Phelps & Associates LLC to develop ...

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Drivers are mad about fees, lawyers plot use of motion (access required)

News accounts and letters to the editor in every major state paper suggest that many Virginians are mad as hell about the civil remedial fees that are part of the 2007 highway funding package. McLean attorney Corinne J. Magee and ...

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VSB to revisit issue of mandatory insurance (access required)

The question was whether the Virginia State Bar Council had any appetite for pursuing the issue of whether lawyers with private clients should be required to have legal malpractice insurance. Because the question was not ready to be presented formally ...

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Martin becomes new president of the VSB (access required)

Howard W. Martin Jr., the senior partner in the 12-lawyer Norfolk firm of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin PLC has long been involved in bar activities. He was a member and chairman of the Second District Disciplinary Committee in 1980s, an ...

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Withdrawal of guilty pleas should have been allowed (access required)

A woman trying to withdraw her guilty pleas before she was sentenced on several felonies should have been allowed to do so, the Supreme Court of Virginia has held. The trial judge and the Virginia Court of Appeals erred in ...

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Physical contact needed for leaving-scene charge (access required)

A driver can be convicted of felony leaving the scene of an accident only if there is physical contact or the driver was the proximate cause of the wreck, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The June 8 decision ...

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Justice Lacy to retire from court in August (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy said she hopes to take advantage of what she called “bonus years” when she retires in August as the current court’s longest serving member. Lacy announced her retirement to her colleagues June 8 ...

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Lawyer's goal: a national ?advance directives day' (access required)

Federal law generally requires staff to ask anyone entering a hospital or nursing home whether he or she has an advance medical directive and to provide information about the concept. “It’s a tremendously bad time to have to ask that,” ...

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Rules on e-discovery floated (access required)

The Virginia Judicial Council’s advisory committee on rules of court has published possible changes to the state rules to reflect e-discovery concerns. Kent Sinclair, the University of Virginia law professor who is chairman of the committee, said Virginia Chief Justice ...

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Woman awarded $2M in Fairfax (access required)

Molly Raymond’s mild traumatic brain injury changed her from “the queen of multitasking,” as a friend described her, to someone who has trouble remembering that she has food on the stove. A Fairfax County Circuit Court jury last month awarded ...

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