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A Perry Mason moment (access required)

Attorneys may dream of a “Perry Mason moment,” when they electrify an audience by revealing the criminal is not their client, but someone else right there in the courtroom. Erle Stanley Gardner’s TV lawyer specialized in such turn-abouts. And conveniently, ...

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Chinese drywall claim can proceed (access required)

A Virginia couple seeking insurance coverage damage caused by Chinese drywall in their house can go forward with their claim against their insurance company, a Virginia Beach circuit judge ruled in what may be the first court decision in the ...

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$900,000 is verdict for fired doctor

A doctor who claimed a hospital undermined her career by prodding her practice group to fire her won a $900,000 verdict from a Roanoke jury today, according to the doctor’s attorney. Emergency room doctor Karen Alldredge sued Lewis-Gale Medical Center ...

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Nearly 600 layoffs part of budget cut plan

Gov. Tim Kaine’s package of budget cuts includes 593 state employee layoffs, according to a news release from the governor’s office today. The plan calls for elimination of more than 900 state positions to help cover a $1.35 billion budget ...

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Salem bar goes haute cuisine

The Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association, whose members normally dine on the banquet food at the Salem Civic Center, will aim its culinary standards a bit higher for a fundraiser in November .  Wade Anderson, gourmand, restaurant critic and appellate law ...

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