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Service on house-sitter ineffective (access required)

A Rockbridge County Circuit judge has dismissed a woman’s lawsuit against her dentist because the suit papers were served on a house-sitter the day before the service period ran. Even though the house-sitter gave the documents to the defendant when ...

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Judge removed from the bench (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia removed J&DR Judge James Michael Shull of the 30th District from office Nov. 2. He is only the second judge to lose his job this way since the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission was started ...

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Congrats to the New Lawyers! (access required)

A hearty “Cheers!” to the 1,081 successful candidates who took the Virginia Bar Examination. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners reported that some 1,502 people sat for this July’s exam in Roanoke. Do the math and you’ll find a pass ...

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A ?moveable' object (access required)

When Linda and Richard Cash bought a modular home to be built on a lot in Fairfax County, they ran into so many problems that they had to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. They’ll be able to bring the ...

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Off the hook (access required)

A Virginia Beach-based bank has lost the latest round in its attempt to gain insurance coverage for two class action suits accusing it of sending junk faxes. The suits seek millions of dollars in damages for violations of the federal ...

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Nonsuit amendment has trap for unwary (access required)

The Virginia nonsuit statute contains a “sleeper” change that may catch a lot of lawyers and litigants unaware. As of July 1, when you move for a nonsuit, you must “inform” the court that the case hasn’t been nonsuited before. ...

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