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Counsel can do work for employer's sister company (access required)

An in-house patent lawyer employed by one corporation can work for a sister company so long as his employer consents and the work for the second company is performed independently and free of any conflicts of interest. The Virginia State ...

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High court hires help for Richmond circuit (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has retained Justice Served, a California consulting firm, to help Richmond circuit judges manage their dockets. Richmond Chief Judge Walter W. Stout III said he expects Christopher Crawford, the head of the firm, to spend ...

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Improper ?quick take' for school puts land case into new territory (access required)

Construction began on the new Matoaka Elementary School early last year in James City County, and the school is scheduled to open in September. But a judge has ruled that the county didn’t acquire the site properly in January 2006 ...

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Judge interprets subjective test in Virginia Code (access required)

A circuit judge has ruled that that the decision of two directors to pay themselves management fees of $1.9 million was nevertheless “fair” to a closely held Subchapter S corporation. The case of GCR Inc. v. Clayton in Williamsburg/James City ...

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Right to remove case to circuit court nixed (access required)

Defendants in general district court won’t have the right to remove cases to circuit court after July 1. A constituent asked House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith to look into providing a definition for the “substantial de-fense” in Virginia Code ...

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Barry new president of Allen firm

The personal injury firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has named Douglas A. Barry president. As its name indicates, the Allen firm is a family shop and Barry is the first president who is not a family member. Founded ...

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Butler receives Groot professionalism award

The Ted Dalton Chapter of the American Inn of Court has given its annual Roger Groot Professionalism Award to M. Caldwell Butler, the former congressman and longtime Roanoke lawyer. Butler is best known for the political courage he displayed as ...

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Consultant to advise on Richmond circuit dockets

A California court consulting firm will help Richmond Circuit Court judges develop a new case management system. Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. recently wrote Richmond Chief Judge Walter W. Stout III that he has selected Christopher Crawford of Justice ...

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Pay hike for juvenile appointments is killed (access required)

The House of Delegates has killed the hopes of court-appointed attorneys in juvenile court for what they view as more equitable pay. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine had recommended amending a bill that provides for the waiver of fee caps for ...

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A nozzle to the face: Claim settled for $4M (access required)

There was no question that Oscar D. Allen Jr. was horribly injured when a brass nozzle under high water pressure hit him in the face as he was cleaning an industrial site near Williamsburg in April 2005. The blow shattered ...

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