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Mediation: Tell it to a judge, or go private (access required)


The “rocket docket” line of the Eastern Dis­trict of Virginia has a high-speed spur that diverts most traffic toward settlement with a magistrate judge. The famously fast-track court settles the vast ma­jority of its cases, according to Richmond U.S. District ...

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No Pay Breach After Feds’ Fee Changes (access required)

In this dispute between two govern­ment contractors working on a chemical neutralization plant, a Fairfax Circuit Court holds that plaintiff subcontractor was not entitled to share in award fees provided for in defendant’s prime con­tract with the government, as the ...

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Allowing Sentencing Orders Was ‘Harmless Error’ (access required)

Although the sentencing information in defendant’s prior conviction orders was not relevant to defendant’s charge of firearm possession as a convicted felon, the trial court’s failure to redact the sen­tencing information was harmless error, the Court of Appeals holds. We ...

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