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Annunziata Reelected To Appeals Court (access required)

After undergoing more scrutiny from the legislature than most sitting judges, Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rosemarie P. Annunziata was reelected to a second eight-year term by the General Assembly last week. Her experience, she said after her endorsement by ...

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Recognition Of Verbal Divorce Pacts Is Sought (access required)

A bill that would allow courts to recognize verbal marital agreements has been introduced before the General Assembly. The measure addresses a Supreme Court case from last year that had caused some consternation among domestic relations lawyers. The bill is ...

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Annunziata’s Reelection Appears To Be In Jeopardy (access required)

Judge Rosemarie Annunziata’s bid for another eight-year term on the Virginia Court of Appeals suffered a serious setback last Tuesday, after the House Courts of Justice committee declined to put her name on the ballot sent to both houses of ...

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Reciprocal Of America Issues $100M Capital Call (access required)

The Reciprocal of America — a Virginia-based company that is among the top 25 insurers of hospitals nationally — has issued a capital call of up to $100 million to keep the company from being taken over by state regulators. ...

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Court Clerks Can't Remove SS Numbers From Deeds (access required)

Circuit court clerks cannot remove Social Security numbers from deeds and deeds of trust before they make them available publicly, the Virginia attorney general has opined. Also, Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act requires court clerks to provide copies of digital ...

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Expert On Suggestibility Of Children Helps Win Case (access required)

A Leesburg ex-lawyer who served four years in prison on charges he sexually abused his children has won acquittal on retrial. In doing so, Bruce Wilson McLaughlin beat the odds in several arenas: He prevailed in a habeas proceeding in ...

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Bill Would Let Circuit Judges Sit In Lower Courts (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has requested legislation from the 2003 General Assembly that would allow circuit judges to fill in for general district and juvenile and domestic relations judges. The legislation also would provide for district judges to be ...

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VSB rebuts Cullen plan for corporate counsel (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has asked the Supreme Court not to adopt former Attorney General Richard Cullen’s proposal that a two-tiered system be set up for regulating in-house corporate counsel. The bar prefers its own proposal, which would require all ...

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Cullen Proposes Two-Tiered Plan For Corporate Counsel (access required)

A lawyer representing Verizon Communications, backed by several other large Virginia-based companies and the likely future Speaker of the House of Delegates, has asked the Supreme Court to consider modifying a Virginia State Bar proposal that would require certification of ...

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Chief Justice Carrico Is Feted By Bars (access required)

How do you, in the brief duration of after-dinner speech, pay tribute to a man who, when he retires next month, will have been on the Supreme Court of Virginia for 42 years, and Chief Justice for 22 years? That ...

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