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New tactic successful (access required)

Plaintiffs’ lawyers hope that a recent ruling will help turn the tide against a series of decisions that has hampered their efforts to win punitive damages from drunken drivers. The Jan. 13 ruling by Chesterfield County Circuit Judge Frederick G. ...

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Smoking ban will affect nearly all restaurants

Gov. Kaine and legislative leaders are announcing what they call a “landmark agreement” to pass a statewide smoking ban in Virginia’s bars and restaurants.  The only exceptions, they say, are for private clubs and restaurants with independently-ventilated smoking rooms.  The ...

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McDonnell to step down to run for governor

Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell will resign that job to concentrate on his campaign for governor, reports say.  The Virginian-Pilot says McDonnell announced his plan in an e-mail to staffers this morning.  He reportedly expects chief deputy Bill Mims to ...

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Patients’ Comp? (access required)

A bill before the Virginia General Assembly would create a “patients’ compensation fund” – paid for by health care providers – to pay for judgments in excess of the medical malpractice cap. Senate Bill 1389 was introduced by Sen. Kenneth ...

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Receiver is winding up Conrad’s practice (access required)

The attorney appointed to wind up the practice of disbarred lawyer Stephen T. Conrad says he soon will submit a proposal for distributing the assets of the law office. Richard S. Mendelson, the receiver for Conrad’s Woodbridge law practice, said ...

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