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Trabue gives Roanoke Bar a mediation short course (access required)

ROANOKE–The advantages of mediation have won the practice a growing popularity across the commonwealth. “It can be better, it can be cheaper and it can be faster,” according to retired Circuit Judge Kenneth E. Trabue. “It can work, and I ...

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Trial Report Plus: Wrongful sale of car nets $20K in punitives (access required)

A man whose car was wrongfully sold by a Farmville garage owner following a dispute over a repair payment has recovered $20,000 in punitive damages. The judge in the case determined the defendant was at fault and instructed the jury ...

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Practice Point: Hit-and-run claim might give boost to crash case (access required)

Plaintiff’s lawyers may have a new tool for collecting damages in auto accident cases when the defendant flees the scene. The plaintiff may pursue punitive damages by adding account that alleges violation of the hit-and-run statutes, according to a Norfolk ...

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Richmond?s Morrissey is barred from federal court (access required)

Defense attorney Joseph D. Morrissey heard his own sentence read Feb. 24 to a packed federal courthouse in Richmond. U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne sentenced the Richmond lawyer to 90 days in jail and barred him for two years ...

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Richmond attorney throws out a ?Lawline? (access required)

What does a veteran criminal defense attorney, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, do for a change? Host his own talk show. “It was originally a sports show,” lawyer Michael Morchower said of “Lawline,” his weekly program which airs ...

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Assembly elects judges (access required)

The first round of judicial elections in the General Assembly left undecided the future of several bench seats. Legislators failed to endorse three incumbent judges up for re-election on Jan. 30. The House of Delegates and the Senate certified nearly ...

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Info sent in error cannot be kept, used (access required)

A lawyer cannot keep or use documents inadvertently transmitted to him by opposing counsel, according to an advisory legal ethics opinion from the Virginia State Bar Legal Ethics Committee. Any lawyer who receives such a transmission should notify the opposing ...

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McGuire, Woods forms a consulting company (access required)

The Richmond-based law firm of McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe has formed a subsidiary to try its hand in the consulting market. McGuire Woods Consulting LLC will offer corporate clients government relations, business relocation, public relations and other consulting services. ...

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Webpage links VADA members to the future (access required)

As more trial lawyers turn to the Internet to aid them in their practice, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys hopes to keep pace with its own Webpage. “We need to stay ahead of our membership, not behind,” said executive ...

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McGuire, Woods cancels merger talks (access required)

Richmond-based McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe has announced that merger discussions initiated early this year with Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, LLP of Atlanta have been suspended. “While we have found substantial complementary and shared strengths, the enormity of combining ...

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