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Malpractice, noncompete cases lead list of writs granted (access required)

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s effort to enforce civil investigative demands on the University of Virginia, petitions from four losing plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases and a noncompete dispute are among the first writs granted from the Supreme Court of Virginia’s ...

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VSB announces pro bono awards for Marshall, W&L law student (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Committee on Access to Legal Services is recognizing Rapidan attorney Gail Starling Marshall and Washington and Lee University law student Daniel H. Goldman for their pro bono work. Marshall will receive the 2011 Lewis F. Powell ...

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No more printed opinions at the Supreme Court (access required)

An opinion day ritual at the Supreme Court of Virginia has ended. Attorneys who had had their case decided would gather in the fifth floor clerk’s office shortly before 9:30 and join messengers and a journalist or two to wait ...

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Judicial interviews to be brief

The term “mature consideration” probably does not apply to the process the Judicial Panel of the House Courts of Justice Committee has set up to fill upwards of 23 judicial vacancies. The plan calls for the panel to start interviewing ...

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Laches, sale of marital home at issue in unpublished orders (access required)

The doctrine of laches, and not a statute of limitations, controls whether a suit for rescission has been filed in a timely manner, the Supreme Court of Virginia held today in an unpublished order in Nunnenkamp v. Copenhaver. The issue ...

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Supreme Court decides 19 cases (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia reversed today the order that 40 Gloucester County residents had to pay $2,000 each in sanctions because they signed a petition to remove four members of the board of supervisors. The court ruled unanimously in ...

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Earley interested in joining Supreme Court (access required)

Add former Virginia Attorney General Mark L. Earley to the list of those interested in being a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Statewide bar groups vetted 10 candidates last year at the request of the General Assembly’s Courts ...

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24th Circuit benefits from Putney’s chairmanship

A spreadsheet prepared for House and Senate budget conferees shows how they went about deciding which judicial vacancies to fill. The table compares the caseload of judges in circuits and districts with the average caseload per judge. With one exception, ...

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