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McGuireWoods and L.A. firm to merge (access required)

McGuireWoods LLP, the Richmond-based legal giant, will merge with a 40-lawyer firm in Los Angeles on April 1. McGuireWoods had opened a Los Angeles office last fall with a handful of lawyers in response to client demand for service in ...

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Petty, Beales elected to seats on appeals court (access required)

As expected, the General Assembly on March 10 elected Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney William G. Petty and former Virginia Attorney General Randolph A. Beales to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Del. Brian J. Moran, D-Alexandria, introduced an amendment that would have ...

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Eminent domain, indigent defense see little change (access required)

Major legislative efforts on two fronts—eminent domain and money for the representation of indigent defendants—are unlikely to result in any substantial change from the status quo this General Assembly session. But principals involved in those issues believe that their hard ...

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Illegal immigrant hurt, gains $750K settlement (access required)

A wall fell on Oscar Rodriguez at a construction site in Northern Virginia on July 14, about six months after he entered this country illegally in hopes of generating more money for his wife and two small sons in El ...

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First felony trial in Bland in 5 years ends in acquittal (access required)

Bland County hadn’t had a felony jury trial in at least five years. But the one tried earlier this month was almost as if the county – 2004 population, 7,034 – was making up for lost time. The case included ...

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VSB backs change to rule on further representation of client (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council has recommended removal of a word from Rule 5.6(b) of the Code of Professional Conduct that could be used to keep an attorney from representing a client in future cases. The rule bars an attorney ...

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Boy's family wins $8M for death in car-truck wreck (access required)

Alexandria lawyer Gregory L. Murphy wanted to make a villain out of a trucking company and at the same time point out the danger posed by fatigued, sleep-deprived drivers. But attorneys for Danella Companies Inc. and one of its truck ...

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A first: FLSA claim is turned into a RICO suit (access required)

Newport News attorney Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman Jr. was sitting in his office when a call came in from a 13-year-old Mongolian boy. The boy said his father hadn’t gotten his paycheck. That call led to a ruling earlier this ...

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Man shot in Roanoke hotel's parking lot can bring suit (access required)

The relationship between innkeeper and guest is more akin to that of common carrier and passenger than the relationship of a landlord and tenant, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. As a result, Ryan Taboada, a man who was ...

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GOP caucus backs Petty, Beales for Appeals Court (access required)

General Assembly Republicans have selected Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney William G. Petty and former Virginia Attorney General Randolph A. Beales to fill two vacancies on the Virginia Court of Appeals. Neither Petty nor Beales participated in the process state-wide bar groups ...

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