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Public notice bill killed

Dow Jones and Virginia local newspapers have been squabbling over public notice rights in the past year. When the Wall Street Journal decided to cherry-pick public notices in Virginia, papers like the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Virginian-Pilot headed to court. ...

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Plaintiffs want to be able to sue for more when refiling after nonsuit (access required)

When a Loudoun County Circuit Court dismissed a p.i. suit in August because the plaintiff asked for more money when she refiled after a nonsuit, plaintiffs’ lawyers went on alert. The Loudoun County case, Spear v. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, ...

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Briscoe goes back to Virginia high court

Today the United States Supreme Court has remanded the appeal in Briscoe v. Virginia, involving a pre-Melendez-Diaz decision in which a divided Supreme Court of Virginia (deciding Briscoe and a companion case, Magruder v. Commonwealth) upheld the Virginia statute that ...

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