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The story’s all in the telling

What’s worse than a pair of high-testosterone lawyers trash-talking at each other over minutiae at a deposition? That’s bad, for sure. A pair of college professors sniping at each other at a department meeting? (Someone once said the politics in ...

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More time for jury research

Here’s a bill that will provide more time to both sides for jury research. It’s another measure that made it through the Assembly without a single “nay” vote in either house. Senate Bill 382, as introduced, would have changed the ...

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A bill everyone liked

It’s not often that everyone on Capitol Hill can agree on something. But during the just-completed General Assembly session, Del. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, secured passage for a bill that didn’t get a single vote against it as it worked its ...

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Lawyer Could-Have-Been: Peter Garrett

Midnight Oil is one of Australia’s best-known rock bands, putting out music for more than three decades. For 25 years, the front man and lead singer was a 6-foot-6 bald guy named Peter Garrett (right). Watch one of their videos ...

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Lawyers, guns and…coffee

Couple of notes from our gun laws desk, involving weapons both concealed and unconcealed: Proponents of gun rights have a reason to cheer today. The House of Delegates on Tuesday overwhelmingly (72-27) passed a bill to allow concealed handguns in ...

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New York is (Fake) Marlboro Country?

Philip Morris USA, the tobacco giant owned by Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., is on the warpath against counterfeiters, according to the Associated Press. Marlboro cigarette counterfeiters, that is. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the old phrase, “Smokin’ ...

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