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A day in the life of a lobbyist (access required)

John G. “Chip” Dicks’ workday last Monday began before 8 a.m. and didn’t end until 10 p.m. But it was a good day, one that left the lawyer-lobbyist “cautiously confident” about two major pieces of legislation important to two of ...

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Despite ?Booker,' judges must consider guidelines (access required)

Although federal judges have more discretion in sentencing after U.S. v. Booker, they still must consider federal sentencing guidelines before exercising that discretion, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January ...

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Plaintiff, claiming EEOC retaliation, wins $7.7M (access required)

When the jury filed back into the courtroom less than 20 minutes after beginning its deliberations, plaintiff’s attorney John M. Loeschen took it as a sign that he had lost because the jury couldn’t have taken any time to think ...

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Lawsuit threatened if Assembly fails to act on appointed pay (access required)

A lawsuit already has been prepared that would ask a federal judge to declare unconstitutional the caps Virginia law places on the fees of attorneys appointed to represent indigent defendants. But advocates for indigent-defense reform hope that the threat of ...

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Fastcase awarded contract by VSB (access required)

Virginia State Bar members should be able to use the Fastcase online research service by March 1. The VSB last week gave a 10-day notice of intent to award the contract to the company that was founded in Alexandria in ...

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Three judges not reelected Ex-AG Jagdmann gets seat on SCC (access required)

Three incumbents were not among 59 judges elected to new terms last week by the General Assembly. And former Attorney General Judith Williams Jagdmann, who left office earlier this month, won a seat on the State Corporation Commission. Hampton Circuit ...

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Case makes it 'impossible to know what to tell' client (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals has said repeatedly that the Brandenburg formula isn’t the only way to allocate hybrid property after a divorce. But until last week, it had never explicitly approved any other method. In Keeling v. Keeling, (VLW ...

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?Kelo' case answered (access required)

When it said last June that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t bar state and local agencies from condemning property and then turning it over to developers, the U.S. Supreme Court emphasized that states were free to impose stiffer “public use” requirements. ...

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Assembly wants to know why med-mal insurance so costly (access required)

A legislative subcommittee wants to know why it apparently costs so much to provide medical malpractice coverage of more than $1 million when the number of settlements and awards in that range is so small. Members of the Joint Subcommittee ...

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Venue in Richmond nixed for suit over Powhatan fight (access required)

The test for venue is the business activity of the defendant, not the business activity of a closely held corporation that the defendant controls, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The issue arose from the allegation of Stephen L. ...

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