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Prosecutors Oppose Plan To End Council (access required)

In a preemptive strike, Virginia prosecutors are strenuously opposing the proposed abolition of the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council, which trains rookie prosecutors in the art of trial advocacy. Former Governor L. Douglas Wilder, the chairman of Governor Mark Warner’s Commission ...

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Jury Anger Over DUI Leads To Big Punitives (access required)

A Virginia Beach jury has awarded $125,000 in punitive damages to a man who sustained slight injuries in a mid-day collision with a drunken driver. According to the plaintiff’s lawyer, the jurors’ outrage at the driver, who fled the scene ...

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Supreme Court To Hear Ex – Redskin's Comp Case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia soon will consider whether an injured Washington Redskins player is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The Virginia Court of Appeals already has affirmed an award of benefits to the player, former center Jeffrey A. Uhlenhake, ...

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Trucker Hauls In $705K For Malicious Prosecution (access required)

A federal jury in Roanoke has awarded $705,000 to a trucker falsely accused of stealing $138 in diesel fuel from a highway truck stop. After the trucker filled his fuel tanks during a December 2000 stop, the truck stop’s manager ...

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Restricting Access To All Court Filings Is Under Review (access required)

The chair of a joint legislative subcommittee studying access to court records says she wants to consider cutting off all public access to sensitive documents such as divorce filings, whether the records are filed electronically or by the old-fashioned paper ...

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Roanoke County Set For 'Family Violence Court' (access required)

Roanoke County — which pioneered drug courts for the commonwealth in the mid-1990s — is developing another judicial innovation, the “Family Violence Court.” The new effort will address problems involving domestic violence offenders, and deal with the issues of probation ...

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ANLIR Moves Forward In Effort To Boost Rating (access required)

Officials at the American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal say that their plans to boost the company’s A.M. Best rating remain on track. A just-concluded capital call by the sister company that provides reinsurance to ANLIR raised $53.5 million to shore ...

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Unpredictable Clients (access required)

Lawyers love control. They script direct examinations. They tell clients what to wear and how to behave. They obsessively observe procedural rules — all in an effort to avoid the unexpected. It follows, then, that lawyers loathe “loose cannons.” Clients ...

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Man Hurt After Crane Hit Power Wire Gets $5.6M (access required)

The guardian for a 28-year-old man left in a vegetative state after a crane touched a high-voltage power wire has settled his claim for $5.6 million. The man was a tree surgeon removing a large tree from a Virginia Beach ...

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Jury in NN Gives $100K in Punitives in Fraud Case (access required)

A Newport News jury has ordered a BMW dealership to pay $100,000 in punitive damages for the fraudulent sale of a $50,000 car. The verdict is apparently the largest punitives award ever handed down by a Virginia jury in a ...

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