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Bill to protect jury information survives (access required)

A bill to restrict the release of information about jurors in criminal cases squeaked through the Virginia Senate Monday after legislators clashed over its impact on criminal defense. The bill is intended to close the door on a convict’s ability ...

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Law firm, client both sanctioned for discovery abuse (access required)


A Norfolk federal judge has approved sanctions – in an undisclosed amount – against the law firm of Cooley LLP and its client, a Virginia-based computer security company being sued for infringement. The judge ordered sanctions even though the case ...

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Sanctions result after claim file posted on internet (access required)


An Abingdon federal magistrate judge sanctioned a group of lawyers this month for failing to promptly disclose that they had accessed the claims file of an adversary insurance company. The blunder in making the file available was the primary focus ...

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Legislators question court caseload numbers (access required)


Some state senators on Feb. 9 sharply questioned the accuracy of figures used to decide which empty judgeships are filled in Virginia trial courts. As the Senate squelched a bid to fill two circuit court vacancies in Loudoun and Prince ...

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Workers’ comp lawyers organize (access required)

Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers are organized like never before. The fledgling Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court, founded just three years ago with a handful of lawyers, has burgeoned in size and is giving birth to a new study ...

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Lawyers’ right to withdraw wins favor at Assembly (access required)

Judge and Attorneys FEA

Virginia criminal defense lawyers may have a way to get out of a case if the client fails to pay as agreed, even if a judge disapproves. House Bill 1411 would give a privately retained lawyer the right to withdraw ...

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Northern Virginia lawyer convicted of fraud (access required)


A Kentucky federal jury last week convicted a Vienna attorney of fraud in connection with a promised green technology project in a job-hungry community. Daniel R. Goodwin allegedly controlled an escrow account where money belonging to a participating contractor disappeared. ...

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Bond holder seeks possession of Buena Vista city hall (access required)

Court facilities located in the Buena Vista government complex might have to be moved if a bank has its way in a new federal lawsuit that seeks authority to foreclose on that building and other city property. The bank and ...

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Med mal contrib decision will stand (access required)

A judge’s decision to allow a contributory negligence defense in a medical malpractice case has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court this month decided not to take up an appeal in the case of an emergency ...

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