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Fiduciary duty claim is kicked out of court (access required)

A kids’ playground game is contributing to the development of corporate law in Virginia. Of course, you have to make kickball something corporate before that can happen, and the four principals in WAKA LLC, pronounced wakk-a and short for the ...

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On the same page (access required)

A new law that authorizes electronic notarization of documents, effective in July 2008, has some surprises for lawyers who deal with notarized documents. Some of the changes in procedure, which have begun to draw attention, take effect this July 1. ...

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Woman wins $12.2M verdict for slip-and-fall outside store (access required)

Slip-and-fall cases are a staple of personal injury law practice, even though verdicts of more than few thousand dollars are relatively rare. Because of the limited physical impact from a fall, truly catastrophic injuries seldom occur. A seven-figure verdict would ...

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Beach judges lodge VSB complaint against prosecutor (access required)

Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey L. Bryant III says that the city’s nine circuit judges misquoted him in filing an ethics complaint against him with the Virginia State Bar. However, those judges might not see much of a distinction between ...

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Appeals Court allows search in one case, nixes another (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals focused on narrow factual distinctions last week in applying the good faith exception to the exclusionary rule to searches of two homes in Lynchburg that stemmed from traffic stops. Judge James W. Benton Jr., writing ...

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Lemons gets most backing for 4th Circuit (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons was the only candidate to win the top endorsement from each of the state’s five largest statewide bar groups for a vacancy on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Virginia Sen. Jim ...

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High court rebuffs city on land use ? twice (access required)

Alexandria residents made it very clear to City Council that they wanted neither a coal-fueled power plant nor McMansions. Council tried to respond to the residents, but the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled on April 20 in separate cases that ...

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VSB dues likely won't be hiked until 2009 (access required)

Your Virginia State Bar dues probably won’t go up until June 2009 at the earliest, and your deadbeat colleagues are a major reason that the increase will come later rather than sooner. The Virginia State Bar imposes various delinquency and ...

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UR law school hosts ?Rule of Law' celebration (access required)

About two years ago, Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons spoke to a large group about his hope for a major conference on the rule of law as part of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the settling ...

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Zauzig brings ?full view' to VTLA presidency (access required)

Charles J. Zauzig III is best known as one of the state’s premier medical malpractice attorneys. “It’s so time-intensive that it basically pushed out everything else,” Zauzig said. But Zauzig recalls his experience in “everything else”—criminal law, real estate, domestic ...

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