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State or federal court – consider the end game

It’s not automatic that a civil rights challenge to a statute or ordinance is best filed in state court, Virginia Beach lawyer Kevin Martingayle told members of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Friday. With state court, you might get a ...

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Judge denies move to halt Hopewell speeding revenue

While the General Assembly considers stripping some law enforcement revenue from local governments, the battle over speeding ticket revenue came to a head in a Hopewell courtroom Thursday. City prosecutor Rick Newman moved to turn all the city’s local speeding ...

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W&M dean explains drop in U.S. News rankings (access required)

The College of William & Mary law school sank eight spots in the annual rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report, and the school’s dean says the drop is due to the number of graduates who are unemployed. Dean ...

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Big Stone, NN courthouses on list for possible closure (access required)

Two Virginia federal courthouses are marked for possible closing under a federal judiciary study. The federal courthouses in Newport News and Big Stone Gap are on a list of lesser used courthouses circulated among federal judges for review and comment, ...

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Battle is joined over cap on tort damages

Armed with two $4-million verdicts against the state, lawyers for families of Virginia Tech shooting victims are seeking to avoid the $100,000 cap on recovery under the Virginia Tort Claims Act. Under the law, the cap is raised to the ...

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Bill creates ‘new class of plaintiffs’ (access required)

Legislation approved by the General Assembly – but not yet signed by the governor – would create a new class of plaintiffs in Virginia civil litigation: representatives of the unborn. Some observers warn the bill creating a cause of action ...

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Gastañaga will be new ACLU chief

The ACLU of Virginia has hired activist, advocate and administrator Claire Guthrie Gastañaga as its new executive director. Gastañaga will succeed Kent Willis who is leaving the group after 25 years. “Claire brings to the ACLU a huge network of people ...

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SCC streamlines website

The Virginia State Corporation Commission is spiffing up its online services. As more lawyers do their SCC business with their computers, the agency says it’s working to improve functionality and navigation. Recent improvements include: A redesigned home page for easier ...

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Turnout for Richard Lawrence funeral overflows church

Close to 800 people packed the sanctuary and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in hallways and antechambers at a Roanoke church Friday as  family, friends and colleagues mourned the death of lawyer Richard Lawrence. The Roanoke Valley courthouse legend was killed in a ...

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