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AG: New cash proffer statute is retroactive

A new attorney general opinion may have set the stage for a court battle over whether Virginia localities can seek early payment of cash proffers from developers. Some fast-growing localities require builders to make cash payments in exchange for approval ...

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Lewis firm settles suit, counterclaim (access required)

A fee dispute pitting two Northern Virginia bar leaders has been settled for a fraction of the amounts claimed in the collection action and the legal malpractice counterclaim. The imbroglio began with a lawsuit by the law firm of former ...

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Hate speech showdown is Supreme Court preview

Westboro Baptist Church – the folks who stage anti-gay protests at funerals of service members – will be represented at a free public debate Sunday afternoon at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Margie Phelps, an attorney and church member, will ...

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Finding long-distance legal help (access required)

Every law school graduate knows his diploma comes with a lifetime obligation to provide free legal information to family and friends. What you may not be prepared for is the inquiry from folks with serious legal needs out of state. ...

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Old lab report procedure invalid under Melendez, court holds (access required)

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Melendez-Diaz, the Supreme Court of Virginia has acknowledged Virginia’s former procedure for admission of lab reports in criminal trials failed to safeguard a defendant’s rights under the Confrontation Clause. The decision today in ...

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When cocktail party chatter turns legal, lawyers seek ‘safe harbor’ (access required)

It’s a scene familiar to every lawyer. You’re at a cocktail party, introduced all around, when someone asks what you do for a living. As soon as you acknowledge your profession, some stranger hits you with a legal question. As ...

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