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Pants on fire

Yesterday in Miami, a criminal defense lawyer was starting his closing argument when his trousers began smoking, then burst into flames. He was defending an arson case. Stephen Gutierrez ran out of the courtroom, then returned to finish his argument, ...

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A late-night cookie fight (access required)

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The toughest competition on Virginia’s college campuses may not be the fight for grades and class rank. Or who has the best college basketball team. And forget the jostling for blue-chip pledges to fraternities and sororities. At Virginia Commonwealth University, ...

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24 New Fellows

WILLIAMSBURG — The Virginia Law Foundation inducted its Class of 2017 on Jan. 19, as 24 new Fellows joined the ranks of nearly 500 current members of the foundation. Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani, the new VLF president, and Judge Manuel ...

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Pretty squirrelly

Guy named Daniel Felice was doing some work in Chesapeake last summer when, he says, a squirrel bit and scratched him. The squirrel ran off into a house in the Great Bridge area owned by a couple named Paul and ...

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‘John Doe’ suit tolled statute against four defendants (access required)

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A “John Doe” complaint filed to toll the statute of limitations applies to multiple defendants in a car crash case, a Charlottesville federal judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. Virginia Code § 38.2-2206(G) permits someone hurt ...

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A hot market in a cool place

Here’s a Realtor’s or a real estate attorney’s dream or nightmare. Maybe both. What if you had so many sales and deals working that you couldn’t get them all closed because your county didn’t have enough real estate appraisers? True ...

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Dude, where’s my truck?

When was the last time you saw a case in which it mattered where a truck was parked overnight? In a new decision from Alexandria fed­eral court, the place where a truck was garaged on the day of an accident ...

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