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Will Contest Plaintiff Can Nonsuit (access required)

A plaintiff contesting a will is entitled to take a nonsuit during the trial, a Spotsylvania circuit court judge has ruled. On the second day of trial, the plaintiff moved for a nonsuit. The defendant objected, contending that the nonsuit ...

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Fairfax Bar honors Bach (access required)

VIENNA — Good-natured ribbing and serious sentiment marked the Fairfax Bar Association’s tribute last week to Chief Judge F. Bruce Bach, who is stepping down from the Fairfax County Circuit Court on July 1 after 23 years on the bench. ...

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Hampton Man Freed Due To His Attorney's Errors (access required)

A Hampton attorney’s representation of his teenage client was so riddled with errors that the teen’s state court conviction must be set aside, a Norfolk federal magistrate judge has ruled. The teenager was found guilty of maiming his friend in ...

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Summer Associates' Pay Continues Steady Climb (access required)

The economy’s high-tech sector may have slowed, but recruitment coordinators at large law firms throughout Virginia suggest that a salary war started by Silicon Valley firms during the dot-com heyday continues to lift salaries for summer associates. “What everybody noticed ...

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Did Contrib Defense Use 'Inflame' Jury In Roanoke? (access required)

A Roanoke plaintiff’s attorney has suggested that a contributory-negligence defense may have prompted a Roanoke jury to award $1 million in damages to his client, who was run over by a 77-year-old woman in a supermarket parking lot. The elderly ...

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VCCDA Will Sue Over Fees For Appointed Attorneys (access required)

Citing his frustration with state legislators, the head of the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys has disclosed that the group intends to sue the Commonwealth of Virginia to compel the payment of higher fees for court-appointed counsel in criminal ...

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New Drug Test, Using Hair, Gains Favor In State (access required)

With just a lock of hair, a California laboratory can detect drug use by Virginia drug offenders using a sophisticated new chemical test, say state probation and parole officers. Criminal defense attorneys, however, are raising questions about the reliability of ...

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Soccer Coach Goes To Court Over Bad Calls (access required)

A Chesapeake youth soccer coach thought he had the answer to the bad calls by officials that cost his team a chance to advance to the league championship: He went to court to ask a judge to enjoin the championship ...

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Online Filing (access required)

Consistent with the state’s reputation as a high-tech leader, several Virginia courts are taking a hard look at technology allowing the electronic filing of case documents. Anticipating the arrival of the virtual courthouse, however, some attorneys and state officials are ...

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Debtor Must Serve Bank Officer, Not Its Agent (access required)

A Chapter 7 debtor must serve a summons on an officer of the bank against whom the action is filed, not on its registered agent, a federal bankruptcy judge in Roanoke has ruled in a case of apparent first impression ...

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