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McGuireWoods merges with tech firm in Chicago (access required)

McGuireWoods LLP is merging with Chicago’s Gordon & Glickson, the technology law boutique that advised the Virginia Information Technologies Agency on outsourcing the state’s information technology efforts. The Richmond-based firm is also creating a business and technology department with Mark ...

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On third try, family of woman shot by cops wins $1.5M (access required)

Not only did a sharply divided Supreme Court of Virginia give Petersburg lawyer Charles H. Cuthbert Jr. a third opportunity to win a case for the two children of a woman accidentally killed by Richmond police in December 1998. The ...

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Petty, Beales join the contest for two Appeals Court seats (access required)

Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney William G. Petty and former Virginia Attorney General Randolph A. Beales have entered the contest for two vacancies on the Virginia Court of Appeals. Petty and Beales, who served as AG after Mark L. Earley resigned to ...

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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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In latest cases, high court gives, takes away (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia gives and the court takes away. And we’re not talking chump change. The phrase “Reversed and final judgment” at the end of opinions issued on Jan. 13 reinstated $4 million of a defamation verdict that ...

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Statute trumps rule on nighttime search (access required)

A federal law that authorizes service of a search warrant for drugs “at any time of the day or night” trumps a rule of court that requires service of search warrants in the daytime unless a judge “for good cause ...

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Albo, Stolle want to end court-appointed pay caps (access required)

The chairmen of the General Assembly’s Courts of Justice Committees have introduced bills in their respective houses that would eliminate the caps on the pay of attorneys appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants. Del. David B. Albo, R-Fairfax, said he ...

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Fairfax Circuit judge rules DUI laws are constitutional (access required)

Fairfax Circuit Judge Robert W. Wooldridge Jr. ruled last Wednesday that legal presumptions in Virginia’s drunken driving laws are constitutional. But Wooldridge said that conclusion can be reached only by construing the DUI statute, Virginia Code Sect. 18.2-269, “as creating ...

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Bill would create fund for courts technology (access required)

When the General Assembly convenes in Richmond this Wednesday, one of many measures it will consider is a bill that would increase civil filing and processing fees to create a courts technology fund. Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr., R-Fairfax, chairman ...

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