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Just for Kicks (access required)

Kickball. If you loved it as a child, you don’t have to stop. You can keep on whaling away at that ball and dashing around the bases, even though you may have grown up. In fact, kickball is just one ...

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Fee request needs ?actual time' record (access required)

What happens when a high-volume bankruptcy practice that uses assembly-line methods to streamline the process for debtors has to run that process through the statutory mechanism for collecting attorney’s fees? The firm wins praise for its service to its clients ...

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Assault at nursing home not med-mal (access required)

A nursing-home patient who alleges sexual assault by an unknown assailant can sue for damages not limited by Virginia’s medical malpractice cap. Reversing an Alexandria trial judge, the Supreme Court of Virginia said last week that an estate’s suit for ...

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Norfolk judge showed bias (access required)

A Norfolk trial judge should have recused himself from a drug case after his irritation over “judge-shopping” prompted the judge to remove the defendant’s lawyer from the local court-appointed counsel list. In Wilson v. Commonwealth (VLW 006-6-065), the Supreme Court ...

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Judges' reviews to stay confidential (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH – Next month, Virginia rolls out its judicial performance evaluation program for the commonwealth’s first class of eligible judges. Mum’s the word when it comes to critiques of judges’ professional performance un-der the new program, according to Virginia ...

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Who let the cows out? (access required)

It was bovines, not canines, at issue in a recent case before Prince George Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett. His honor had to apportion blame for what happened when Elsie (or was it Bessie?) ambled out onto a public thoroughfare, ...

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