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Judge sues newspaper claiming defamation

One defamation trial could lead to another as a Richmond circuit judge is seeking $1.35 million against a newspaper that allegedly accused the judge of playing politics with lawyers. Judge Melvin Hughes filed suit last week against the publisher of ...

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The powerful force of justice

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia faces a fresh legal dilemma  – how to handle a traffic ticket and a possible auto accident claim. The justice was ticketed for following too closely after a rear-ender on the George Washington Parkway ...

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Governor vetoes medical malpractice cap bills

Gov. Bob McDonnell yesterday rejected the compromise plan providing for annual increases in Virginia’s medical malpractice cap to the level of $3 million, saying Virginia’s current $2-million cap is adequate. The plan for additional step increases was hammered out in ...

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Athey to step down from House

Del. Clay Athey, R-Front Royal, a 10-year veteran of the House, says he will not run for another term. Athey, a lawyer who serves as chair of the civil subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice Committee, says he wants ...

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Scammed? It’s okay to call the cops

Lawyers, be reassured. You’re not violating any attorney-client responsibilities if you report an Internet scam attempt to law enforcement. That’s the word from Virginia State Bar Ethics Counsel Jim McCauley, who says he’s fielded calls from two lawyers in the ...

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Med mal cap decision is down to the wire

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is keeping lobbyists and lawmakers waiting to see if he will sign or veto legislation to increase the cap on medical malpractice recoveries. The deadline for gubernatorial action on bills from the 2011 General Assembly is ...

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Fauquier County courthouse stars in Hoover movie

There was a crowded scene outside the courthouse in Warrenton Monday, but it wasn’t a civil uprising. It was just Clint Eastwood directing a movie about former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. The town of Warrenton apparently played the role ...

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