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An evenly divided court? (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has a cadre of three senior justices that it calls on to augment its ranks when a justice cannot sit for some reason. As a result, it’s rare for less than seven jurists to hear ...

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Democratic principles collide at Supreme Court (access required)

Appellate advocates Steve Emmert and Bill Hurd each emphasized the grand principle that supported his argument – the First Amendment right to petition government to redress grievances for Emmert and the sanctity of the democratic process for Hurd. If only ...

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Court grants noncompete writ (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will review a noncompete agreement in which the language in dispute limited application of the restriction to Fairfax County but barred the employee from competing “directly or indirectly or concern himself/herself in any manner whatsoever” ...

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Other large verdicts of note (access required)

A few cases caught our attention, although they didn’t quite meet the criteria we use for our list of top state jury verdicts. FELA suit in Tennessee Richard N. Shapiro of Virginia Beach and Sidney Gilreath of Knoxville, Tenn., joined ...

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Governor appoints redistricting panel

Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed today an 11-member bipartisan advisory commission on redistricting that includes a retired state judge and at least five attorneys, one of them a former federal district judge. The panel will have an equal number of Republicans ...

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Largest Verdicts of 2010 (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s survey of the “Largest Jury Verdicts of 2010” found 22 seven-figure awards last year. Sixteen of this year’s cases had a personal injury component, including seven medical malpractice verdicts. Three of the four largest verdicts involved business ...

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Albo: Race for high court is wide open (access required)

Candidates for a Supreme Court vacancy can begin politicking in earnest now that bar groups have evaluated them and the legislative session is about to begin, according to Del. David B. Albo, the Fairfax Republican who chairs the House of ...

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Court affirms two-year suspension (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed yesterday the two-year suspension of the license of Alexandria lawyer Dale E. Duncan despite an embarrassing oversight by the Virginia State Bar. A three-judge panel concluded that Duncan had violated Rules of Professional Conduct ...

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