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Scenes from the VSB Annual Meeting

Still wary after a 2010 bid by Gov. Bob McDonnell to bring the Virginia State Bar bank account into the state general fund budget, bar leaders are talking about renaming the VSB’s “Reserve Fund” as the “Trust Fund” to make ...

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ALPS rating under scrutiny (access required)

Hit by an increase in legal malpractice claims in the fallout from the economic downturn, ALPS has seen its company outlook downgraded from “Stable” to “Negative” by insurance rating agency AM Best. On the heels of that unfavorable report, ALPS ...

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Legal leaders back Thorne-Begland for judgeship

Five leading attorneys at Richmond’s largest law firms have added their signatures to a letter urging the appointment of Tracy Thorne-Begland, the openly gay Richmond prosecutor rejected for a judgeship by the House of Delegates. “Several of us thought that ...

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‘Civil death penalty’ is OK by high court (access required)

A trial court can impose a “civil death penalty” for discovery abuse, but taking away the right to cross-examine witnesses on damages was “too harsh,” the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The ruling in Nolte v. MT Technology Enterprises ...

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Troutman claims vindication in suit by former client

Troutman Sanders has prevailed in a court battle where an investment firm charged that bad legal advice caused it to get in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Supreme Court of Virginia last week refused to hear an ...

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