Quantcast
Home (page 141)

Author Archives: Alan Cooper

Subpoenas, discovery topics at criminal law conference (access required)

The Virginia Criminal Justice Conference has recommended authorization for criminal defense attorneys to issue subpoenas, much as state law permits civil attorneys and prosecutors to do. The recommendation, which included possible statutory amendments to effect the change, was perhaps the ...

Read More »

Two firms kicked off case (access required)

A Buchanan County judge has disqualified two law firms from a $3.25 billion lawsuit because he concluded that the attorneys “engaged in misrepresentation and deceitful conduct.” The attorneys have denied any unethical behavior and say their client, Consolidation Coal Co. ...

Read More »

Assembly fills four judicial vacancies (access required)

The General Assembly has filled four judicial vacancies—two in Fairfax County and one each in Portsmouth and Richmond. The candidates had the unanimous support of their local delegations and faced only perfunctory questioning when they appeared briefly before members of ...

Read More »

ABC Board should address Wine Act violations (access required)

Alleged violations of the Virginia Wine Franchise Act may be the basis of both administrative proceedings before the Virginia Alcohol Control Board and civil conspiracy actions in circuit court, according to the Supreme Court of Virginia. But the doctrine of ...

Read More »

DC's Reyna to lead national Hispanic bar (access required)

Jimmie V. Reyna arrived in Washington 20 years ago “with no job and a lot of hope.” The hope took a slight jolt when he ran into a traffic jam as he drove a rental truck pulling the family car ...

Read More »

Smyth jury awards $1M in nursing home suit (access required)

A Smyth County Circuit Court jury has returned verdicts totaling $1 million for the family of a woman who wandered from a nursing home and later became dehydrated while at the home. Robert W. Carter Jr., the Appomattox attorney who ...

Read More »

Alexandria can condemn, so long as it owns property (access required)

The effort of the City of Alexandria to condemn property for a box culvert was clearly different from Kelo v. City of New London, the U.S. Supreme Court case last year that permitted the city to condemn property so that ...

Read More »

ABC stores can exclude non-Virginia-made wines (access required)

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control stores can once again sell wine produced at Virginia wineries and exclude wine from out-of-state producers, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week. The court also ruled that Virginia can provide an exception ...

Read More »

RICO claims preempted by the FLSA, judge rules (access required)

The Fair Labor Standards Act preempts RICO claims based on allegations of violations of minimum wage and overtime laws, a federal judge in Norfolk ruled last week. U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson ac-knowledged in Choimbol v. Fairfield Resorts Inc. ...

Read More »

Hassell appoints mental health study commission (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. says there is widespread agreement that Virginia’s mental health system does not work as well as it should. There’s much less agreement about the effect of proposed forms on the system, Hassell said ...

Read More »