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Denied $3M jury verdict against hotel, slip-and-fall plaintiff plans appeal (access required)

A slip-and-fall plaintiff who won a $3.1-million jury verdict against a Richmond hotel owner can collect only $500,000 under the ruling of a Richmond judge who refused to allow an increase in the damages demand. The jury award, which exceeded ...

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Harding elected to VSB Council

Andrew Harding of Harrisonburg has been elected to the Virginia State Bar Council representing the 26th judicial circuit. He replaces George Shanks who now is VSB president-elect. Harding outpolled Carter Foulds of Winchester 101-77 in a special election. By Peter ...

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Urbanski and Wright Allen recommended for judgeships

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators have recommended U.S. Magistrate Judge Mike Urbanski of Roanoke and federal public defender Arenda Wright Allen of Norfolk for two vacant federal district judgeships in Virginia. Urbanski has served as a magistrate judge in the Western ...

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Court takes up sovereign immunity case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted a writ in a wrongful death drowning case where a judge held the claims against the city of Lexington fell short of gross negligence. The case arose from the 2006 drowning death of ...

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Federal building renovation is a waste, congressman says

Terming a $51-million renovation plan for Roanoke’s Poff Federal Building a “waste of taxpayer dollars,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, calls for a halt to the project. The building is home to the U.S. District Court facilities in Roanoke, where the ...

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