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Best of 2007 – Cases (access required)

The 2006 year-end summary of cases reported by Virginia Lawyers Weekly spilled a lot of ink (or popped a lot of pixels) cataloging federal criminal sentences handed down by Virginia courts as they began implementing a 4th Circuit standard that ...

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William R. Rakes (access required)

Virginia is a leader in the education of lawyers. As one of a handful of states with eight or more law schools, and a population of seven and a half million, Virginia probably has more legal educators per capita than ...

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Robert R. Hatten (access required)

In 2007, the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld a $3.4 million award to the family of a Newport News shipyard worker who died from malignant mesothelioma, a disease caused by exposure to asbestos. The Newport News lawyer who won the ...

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Prior plea agreement bars murder charge (access required)

A drug defendant’s murder conviction has been reversed because his earlier plea agreement barred his prosecution for the murder. Interpreting language in a standard plea agreement, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 4 in U.S. v. Jordan ...

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Santoro named bankruptcy judge (access required)

Frank J. Santoro has been named a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, to replace David H. Adams who will retire Jan. 2, 2008, upon the completion of his term of appointment. Santoro is expected to ...

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Homeowners group soaked (access required)

Roanoke couple who wanted a hot tub at their new home thought they had all their bases covered before they began building. When Michael and Amy Hovis bought one of the last lots in Parkway Place, a subdivision in southwest ...

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