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Error Doesn't Impact Virginia Bar Exam (access required)

Through absolutely no fault of their own, the members of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners almost had a very bad day earlier this spring. On Monday, May 5, board members learned that there was an error in the scoring ...

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TV Station Told To Pay $10M For Defamation (access required)

A Charlottesville jury has awarded $10 million to a Stanardsville man who said that a television station defamed him by reporting that he had crack cocaine in his home and at his business. The man, Jesse Sheckler, had been indicted ...

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TV Station Sued Over Drug-Arrest Report (access required)

A Charlottesville jury has awarded $10 million to a Stanardsville man who said that a television station defamed him by reporting that he had crack cocaine in his home and at his business. The man, Jesse Sheckler, had been indicted ...

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Arlington Chief Judge Announces Retirement (access required)

Arlington Chief Circuit Judge Paul F. Sheridan, an 18-year veteran of the circuit bench, will step down July 1. Sheridan, however, will don his robe from time to time, continuing to hear cases in Arlington and Falls Church as a ...

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Criminal Defense Group Blasts Judge In Norfolk (access required)

The Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has picked a public fight with a Norfolk circuit judge. An article in the group’s most recent newsletter about Norfolk Circuit Judge Charles D. Griffith Jr.’s handling of a criminal case marks the ...

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Blogger's Case Against Spammer Is Tossed Out (access required)

Old-fashioned agency principles have thwarted one man’s bid to take on the cutting-edge problem of spam, the nettlesome junk mail that clogs electronic mail boxes. The man, who administers a weblog, or “blog,” received spam that incorporated his blog’s domain ...

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Whistleblowers Reach Deal In Discharge Suit (access required)

Two whistleblowers fired for reporting regulatory violations at a nursing home have settled their wrongful-discharge suits against the home for more than $2 million. The plaintiffs filed suit under Virginia Code Sect. 32.1-138.4, which protects nursing-home employees against retaliation for ...

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$7.5M Award After Trailer Rig Drags Car Down Guardrail (access required)

In what is reportedly the largest verdict in Hampton history, a jury awarded $7.5 million to a woman who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury after her car was sandwiched between a tractor-trailer and a highway guardrail. The primary symptom ...

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Hassell Urges Balance In Busy Lives (access required)

ROANOKE – Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. has some simple advice for lawyers: Work is important, but it isn’t everything. Hassell acknowledges the demands of practicing law. As an attorney in private practice, he worked more than 2,100 ...

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'Sort Of' Representation Results In Case Dismissal (access required)

It happens all the time: A lawyer temporarily takes a case with the understanding that the client intends to hire a different attorney later on. But a recent ruling from Norfolk shows that even temporary control of a case has ...

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