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What to do about Mom? Mediation may be the answer (access required)

Mom was in her 90s when she started having blackout episodes. Her oldest daughter, who lived two hours away, was adamant that her mother could no longer be left alone in her own home. But Mom didn’t want to move ...

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Leaving well enough alone (access required)

Once you’ve been granted a writ from the Supreme Court, don’t change the wording of the assignments of error in your next round of briefing. That’s the clear message from the high court, which dismissed four of five assignments in ...

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Find out who’s trying to get a writ (access required)

If one of your colleagues is missing on Tuesday, you might find that he’s in Richmond before a three-justice panel of the Supreme Court of Virginia. For the first time, the Supreme Court has published the list of cases at ...

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Med mal cap bill filed

Del. Dave Albo, chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, has introduced House Bill 1459 to seal the deal that the Virginia Trial Lawyers and the Medical Society of Virginia reached to increase the cap on medical malpractice awards ...

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Deputy named insurance commissioner

Jacqueline K. Cunningham will succeed Alfred W. Gross as Virginia’s Commissioner of Insurance when Gross retires at the end of the year. Cunningham has been deputy commissioner of the life and health division of the State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of ...

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VBA endorses four for Supreme Court (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association has recommended Virginia Court of Appeals Judges D. Arthur Kelsey and Elizabeth A. McClanahan and Circuit Judges Pamela S. Baskervill and Joseph W. Milam Jr. for the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia that will ...

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Norfolk jury convicts Somalis of piracy

A federal jury in Norfolk convicted five men from Somalia today of piracy and several other related accounts stemming from an attack on a U.S. Navy warship that the defendants thought was a merchant vessel. It is believed to be ...

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Norfolk jury convicts Somalis of piracy

A federal jury in Norfolk convicted five men from Somalia today of piracy and several other related accounts stemming from an attack on a U.S. Navy warship that the defendants thought was a merchant vessel. It is believed to be ...

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