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Sargent selected as U.S. magistrate judge (access required)

Abingdon lawyer Pamela Meade Sargent has been selected tentatively to be the next U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District. Her formal appointment now depends on the results of background investigations, including a check by the FBI, she said. Sargent ...

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Mandatory Pro Bono? (access required)

Sen. Joseph V. Gartlan put the issue of mandatory pro bono publico work for Virginia’s lawyers on the table this summer. Citing American Bar Association statistics and a 1991 study commissioned by the Virginia Law Foundation, Gartlan said that the ...

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Denial of med-pay by carrier was bad faith (access required)

An insurance company acted in bad faith when it stopped medical payments and failed to do further investigation when its policyholder continued to feel pain, a Chesterfield General District judge has ruled. The judge awarded the plaintiff the balance of ...

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Ads can provide venue (access required)

Where a ski resort advertised in the City of Charlottesville, it was “doing business” there, and venue for a lawsuit against it was proper in the city, a Charlottesville Circuit judge has ruled. But the suit was based on an ...

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Defendant entitled to transcript (access required)

An indigent defendant is entitled to a copy of a transcript of a suppression hearing for possible impeachment of witnesses against him, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The case is a victory in the battle by court-appointed lawyers ...

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