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A salute to the new crop (access required)

The waiting, as Tom Petty famously once said, is the hardest part. Well, the waiting is over for the 1,367 candidates who took the July 2005 Virginia Bar Examination. And 963 people were pleased, relieved, shocked, excited, amazed (each can ...

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?Footloose' in the mountains? (access required)

Dirty dancing isn’t protected by the First Amendment. So a North Carolina woman kicked out of a town dance hall for “lewd dancing” can’t sue for a free-speech violation. But she can pursue an equal protection claim that she was ...

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Wine case bubbling up to the Supreme Court (access required)

Doug Adams, a wine distributor, spent 13 years selling a brand of French wine, Louis Latour, throughout Virginia. Two years ago, Louis Latour Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of a French winery, gave Virginia distribution contracts for this wine to two ...

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Developer must forfeit $400K (access required)

A developer that wanted to build a “big-box” shopping center in Virginia Beach must forfeit $400,000 it paid in earnest money after the deal fell through. In a contest of arguments about who breached the contract first, a Virginia Beach ...

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