If each of the 20 or more federal court challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is in a race to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is more likely to get there first? The smart money is probably ...Read More »
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Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. will receive the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2010. In announcing the award, VTLA President Matthew B. Murray said it is intended to honor those “whose commitment to the law ...
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Waivers of personal jurisdiction are supposed to be “knowing and intentional.” But Virginia circuit courts do not follow a uniform practice in applying that standard, according to members of the Boyd-Graves Conference. Some courts have held that a defendant has ...
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The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted appeals in two personal injury cases in which juries sided with defendants even though they admitted liability. In a case from Gloucester County, Cousins v. Food Lion LLC, Record No. 101570, a store ...Read More »
The pivot point for Virginia’s challenge to the federal health care reform package at the Oct. 18 hearing in Richmond federal court was the federal legislation’s “individual mandate,” which requires a person to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The ...Read More »
There’s a lot more huffing and bluffing from both lawyers and judges about sanctions than serious efforts to follow through with penalties, according to a panel of judges at the Richmond Bench-Bar Conference. Richmond Circuit Judge Beverly W. Snukals and ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear arguments on Nov. 1 on whether trial courts in Norfolk and Alexandria properly used extraordinary writs to provide relief for immigrants who otherwise would have been deported because of misdemeanor convictions. Each defendant ...
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Two circuit judges – Joseph W. Milam Jr. from Danville and Pamela S. Baskervill of Petersburg – have added their names to those who are interested in succeeding Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Milam ...Read More »
The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has imposed a public reprimand with terms on former Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gordon Earl Hannett Jr. The reprimand stemmed from the removal and destruction of three computer hard drives in the prosecutor’s office ...Read More »