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Will Budget Cuts Reach The VSB? (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is carving into what its leaders describe as muscle and bone to respond to Virginia’s $2 billion budget crisis. But leaders at the Virginia State Bar are feeling relatively insulated from any potential cutbacks. The ...

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VSB – Backed Insurance Plan Partners With Doctors (access required)

Lawyers who buy their health insurance through the Virginia State Bar’s endorsed program now have new allies as they try to broker a better deal — doctors. A subsidiary of the Medical Society of Virginia has won the contract to ...

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Surveillance Videos (access required)

The stakes were high last year during the trial of French v. Norfolk Southern Railway, when the defense turned to its surveillance video. The plaintiff, Donald French, was a manager of a convenience store in Gainesville. A runaway train had ...

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Plaintiff Is Hit With $27K In Sanctions (access required)

A woman who filed a $3.5 million personal-injury lawsuit has been ordered to pay $27,000 in sanctions to a defendant after she was videotaped using her allegedly paralyzed arm in an elaborate handshake with an acquaintance minutes after she left ...

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Law Firm Sues VSB Over Opinion On Ads (access required)

A Richmond personal injury firm with attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America has filed suit against the Virginia State Bar, seeking to have an advertising opinion set aside as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. Legal Advertising Opinion ...

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Portsmouth Jury Returns A Verdict For $60 Million (access required)

A 40-year-old man who suffered a severe brain injury when his car was struck head-on by an express delivery service van has been awarded $60 million by a Portsmouth jury — which ties the apparent record for personal injury cases ...

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State Courts Center Proposes Model Access Policy (access required)

The National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg is putting the finishing touches on a model policy governing access to court records — an increasingly urgent issue as more and more records containing sensitive information are posted on the Internet. ...

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Judge Hudson Approved For Federal Seat (access required)

Fairfax Circuit Judge Henry E. Hudson’s appointment to a federal judgeship in the Eastern District has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and he will be sworn in on Sept. 3. Hudson will move to Richmond, and take over the ...

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GAL Role And Costs Under Study (access required)

Virginia legislators who question the role and expense of guardians ad litem for children in child custody and visitation cases have begun to home in on concerns raised during discussions earlier this year about capping GAL fees. On Aug. 1, ...

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