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4th Circuit: No Jurisdiction In Internet Libel Lawsuit (access required)

Virginia has no jurisdiction over two Connecticut newspapers sued for libel because the newspapers’ websites did not publish their articles for Virginia readers, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The warden of a maximum-security prison in Big ...

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Terrorism Trials Shine Spotlight On Virginia (access required)

The government’s effort to eradicate terrorism has been front-page news from the moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. And while this ongoing story – really, a series of stories with a common thread ...

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Title To Land Is Not Enough To Demonstrate 'Maintenance' (access required)

A son cannot exclude a parcel of property from his dead father’s augmented estate merely by showing that the father alone had title to the property, a Shenandoah County circuit judge has ruled. The son contended that the father’s title ...

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Offender Beats Charge Of Failure To Register (access required)

A Fairfax circuit judge has acquitted a man charged with failing to register as a sex offender after the man’s lawyer showed that the wrong person signed affidavits in support of the charge. Prosecutions for failing to register are common, ...

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Drug-Court Costs Now Are Shifting To Localities (access required)

As the state government struggles to meet its budget, Virginia localities with a drug court will be finding themselves paying a bigger portion of the program’s tab. Federal grants will help to a significant degree, but those grants generally require ...

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Suit: Ford 4X4 Bumpers 'Dangerous' (access required)

Ford Motor Company should be held liable for the death of a Richmond woman because it failed to warn of the dangers of elevated bumpers on its 4X4 trucks, according to a lawsuit filed last week by the woman’s estate. ...

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Alleged Hackers Subject to Jurisdiction in Virginia (access required)

A federal court in Virginia has jurisdiction over a defendant that allegedly hacked into a computer server and stole data because the targeted server was in Virginia, a federal judge in Abingdon has ruled. In its motion to dismiss, the ...

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Arlington Bar Recommends New PD Office (access required)

The Arlington County Bar Association has taken the first step towards the establishment of a public defender’s office in Arlington, the largest Northern Virginia locality without an office. “The bar is officially recommending a public defender’s office for Arlington,” said ...

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'Concealment' Argument Is Rejected In Med-Mal Case (access required)

Where a doctor failed to report lab test results to a patient in 1996, this lack of disclosure was not a “concealment,” a Newport News Circuit judge has ruled. The ruling prevents the plaintiff from using a later point in ...

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Possession Defense Is Successful In Fairfax (access required)

Prosecutors, take note: When it comes to proving that a juvenile actually possessed alcohol, it may no longer be enough to show that he or she was simply in possession of a can of beer. Proving such cases may require ...

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