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‘Don’t merge us,’ says Alexandria bar

The Alexandria Bar Association adds its voice to the clamor over the legislative proposal to realign Virginia’s judicial districts and circuits with a two-page resolution adopted last week. Merging the circuits for Alexandria and Arlington County would cause an undue ...

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Judge Prosser announces retirement

Frederick County Circuit Judge John Prosser has announced he will retire in March. The Northern Virginia Daily reports Prosser advised the public Monday, after notifying the Supreme Court on Friday. Prosser, a former Winchester lawyer, was first appointed to the ...

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Jury trial waiver forfeited in scheduling order (access required)

Lawyers disillusioned with mandatory arbitration are writing jury waiver clauses into their commercial contracts. But the lawyer must be careful not to waive the client’s contractual right to a bench trial when the lawyer goes to court for a routine ...

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Bill would give government automatic pre-trial appeal

A General Assembly bill apparently aimed at lawsuits against Virginia Tech would give the state government a pre-trial appeal of right to the Virginia Supreme Court whenever a trial court denies the defense of sovereign immunity. Senate Bill 1381 is ...

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Compromise reached on hospital discovery (access required)

Negotiators for Virginia hospitals, doctors and trial lawyers have hammered out legislation to regulate which hospital documents can be made available to plaintiffs’ lawyers in medical malpractice litigation. The measure, an amended version of House Bill 2373, seeks to protect ...

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List of foreclosure reform bills is long (access required)

A long list of far-reaching foreclosure reform bills at the 2011 General Assembly has set the stage for a showdown between Virginia bankers and mortgage reformers from both parties. Among the measures in the hopper are bills to transform Virginia ...

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