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Indigent defense standards approved (access required)

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission has adopted standards of practice for the public defenders and court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent defendants in the state. The standards don’t take effect until April 1, so as to give the General Assembly and ...

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Bar groups seek best way to provide input (access required)

After the judicial interviews on Dec. 1, a legislative subcommittee met with Virginia Bar Association President William R. Van Buren III and Phillip V. Anderson, immediate past president of the Virginia State Bar, to discuss how bar groups could be ...

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2007 Assembly will be filling 19 judgeships (access required)

The General Assembly will have at least 19 judicial vacancies to fill in the 2007 session, with seven retirements, three vacancies for which replacements have not been named and the creation of nine new positions. With more retirement announcements likely ...

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Plumbers prevail in suit brought over noncompete (access required)

Atlantic Re-Plumbing LLC started as two guys with a truck who knew how to replace polybutylene pipe in homes. Radec Koci and Peter Rodriguez gained much of that knowledge—and access to a contract form—during the eight years they worked for ...

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$4M verdict returned in ?wrongful birth' case (access required)

A Fairfax County Circuit Court jury has returned a $4 million wrongful birth verdict for a woman who delivered identical twins with Down syndrome in September 2002. The jury also awarded $500,000 to the father of the children at the ...

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Lloyd's of London must pay warranty on Danville bridge (access required)

Syndicates of Lloyd’s, London must provide $500,000 of coverage under a warranty they backed for a company that went out of business after providing the coating for the structural steel of the Union Street Bridge in Danville. Danville Circuit Judge ...

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Federal law preempts state e-mail statutes (access required)

The federal CAN-SPAM Act preempts the efforts of states to control e-mail on the basis of simple mistakes as opposed to material misrepresentations, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in the first appellate analysis on the point. ...

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Court adopts rule for out-of-state lawyers (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia adopted on Tuesday a rule that will make pro hac vice appearances by out-of-state lawyers much more formal and expensive. The court studied the proposed Rule 1 A:4 adopted by the Virginia State Bar Council ...

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Supreme Court to rehear Roanoke premises case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted a rehearing in the case decided earlier this year that made it easier for a guest to sue an innkeeper when the guest is attacked by a third party. The case, Taboada v. ...

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Carrier must give defense to bar after drunk man hurt woman (access required)

A bar may have insurance coverage in a case stemming from personal injuries caused by a drunken motorcyclist, despite a liquor liability exclusion and the absence of a dram shop law in Virginia. Joshua Bristol lost control of his motorcycle ...

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