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Lawyer's lawsuit over fee reduction dismissed by judge (access required)

Charlottesville lawyer Steven D. Rosenfield may not get the $25,456.25 he believes he was shorted in the defense of a death row inmate, but he likes to think he had something to do with a new judicial guideline that appears ...

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Ladd is new defense bar leader (access required)

Richard E. Ladd Jr. is first and foremost a civil defense attorney, a prerequisite for the presidency of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. Ladd, 46, assumed that position earlier this month. But he’s also a member of the Virginia ...

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A good week: Lawyer scores almost $9M in two p.i. cases (access required)

Richmond lawyer Lewis T. Stoneburner had a good week earlier this month: judgments entered in two cases totaling $8.85 million. One judgment for $5.6 million came after post-trial motions in the case of a 28-year-old Army staff sergeant who was ...

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Stolle questions high court's mental health law initiative (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia “a very activist court”? In its judicial decisions, the court has a reputation for being second to none in its deference to legislative action. But Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle, R-Virginia Beach used that term after ...

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Podiatrist sanctioned for not providing info (access required)

A Hanover County judge has ordered a podiatrist to pay $2,410 in attorneys’ fees and costs because he did not provide medical records to an attorney as required by Virginia Code Sect. 8.01-413. The law requires physicians, hospitals or other ...

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Courts face issue of judges’ testimony in contempt cases (access required)

The competence of judges to testify in contempt proceedings continues to vex Virginia courts. Last week, the Virginia Court of Appeals split 5-5 and was unable to issue an opinion in the case of Tina M. Gilman. The tie had ...

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Futures commission backs the elimination of clerks (access required)

The replacement of elected circuit court clerks with appointed court administrators appears to be the most controversial provision in the final draft of the report by the Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century. The commission approved the final ...

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Court reinstates $1.8M brain injury verdict (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reinstated a $1.8 million verdict for a woman who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in a Fairfax County wreck. A circuit court jury returned a verdict for that amount in August 2005 against ...

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Standards published for court-appointed lawyers (access required)

The draft of “Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Counsel” might well have a different title: “How to Represent Indigent Defendants in Virginia.” It also might make criminal defense attorneys wonder, “How can I possibly do all that for $120?” ...

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Non-compete struck for government contractor (access required)

An employee of Lanmark Technology Inc. saw Arturo Canales at the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, apparently working for a contractor of the agency. That sighting led to a lawsuit alleging that Canales had violated a non-compete clause in ...

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