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What’s in a name? $30 million!

The decision by the University of Maryland’s law school to change its name in exchange for a $30-million donation begs the question for law schools everywhere: what’s your name worth? The Maryland school agreed to call itself the University of ...

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U.S. Supreme Court: No early review of health care case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Virginia’s request for fast track consideration of the state’s challenge to the federal health care program. No opinion or dissents accompanied the brief announcement Monday that the “petition for a writ of certiorari before ...

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Judge denies ‘ex parte’ allegation, cautions lawyer

U.S. District Judge James Jones minced no words denying lawyer John Flannery’s claim that the judge had secret meetings with prosecutors in the Paul Thomson cocaine case.  “Mr. Flannery’s assertion is outrageously false and unfounded,” Jones wrote in an order ...

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Victim of false accusation can sue police officer (access required)

A contractor who was locked up and falsely portrayed as potential child molester gets to try his defamation case against the police officer who had him arrested. Michael Lewis was working in a Prince George County neighborhood when a 10-year-old ...

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Law firm can’t sue over loss of client (access required)

On April 21, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed dismissal of a law firm’s complaint that U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly – as then-chair of the Fairfax supervisors – torpedoed the firm’s longstanding relationship with the county housing authority.  Connolly (D, VA-11) had publicly argued ...

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Court grants new trial in drowning case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has revived a $9-million lawsuit against the city of Lexington for the 2006 drowning of a 16-year-old boy. The lawsuit claimed the city failed to warn about dangerous water currents below a dam in a ...

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Supreme Court asked to decide key Chinese drywall issue (access required)

A Newport News federal judge is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to take up a critical issue in litigation over destructive Chinese drywall: Whether liability insurance policies provide coverage for drywall damage claims or whether the policies’ “pollution exclusions” ...

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