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Front Royal sued for $30 million

Two Northern Virginia businessmen and their fledgling solar energy business have filed a defamation lawsuit against the town of Front Royal and three of its leaders alleging they were defamed by allegations of bribery. The lawsuit by Donald Poe and ...

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Judges want a say in holiday display decision

It’s Christmas-in-July in Loudoun County where the supervisors again are planning to grab the third-rail issue of courthouse holiday displays. Before the leaders vote on public displays at the courthouse, however, Chief Circuit Judge Thomas Horne wants to let local ...

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What are you packing? (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is taking aim at the issue of whether a robber can be convicted of use of a firearm without evidence of a real gun. In March, the Court of Appeals overruled a 1995 decision holding ...

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At oral argument on the road, avoid the Red Square

Appellate lawyers familiar with the small green, yellow, and red argument timing lights used by appeals courts are confronted with a much different system when they make their cases to the Supreme Court of Virginia’s traveling writ panels. As lawyers ...

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Summertime and the livin’ is no longer as easy for summer associates at large firms (access required)

Once upon a time, large law firms hired large groups of high-achieving second-year law students as summer associates. This group spent the summer bonding with each other, researching memos or writing briefs for different partners, lunching with partners and each ...

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Sanctions: Lawyer, client ordered to pay other party’s fees (access required)

A Fairfax County circuit judge has ordered both a lawyer and his real estate broker client to pay $272,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs, finding they pursued “vindictive” litigation all the way to trial without any possible chance of success. ...

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Police arrest son of Chief Justice

Leroy R. Hassell Jr. – son of Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. – has been charged with armed robbery in connection with an alleged home invasion in Henrico County on Monday. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Hassell, 23, was ...

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Health care ruling in 30 days, judge says

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson promised a decision within 30 days on whether Virginia has standing to challenge the federal health care law. The judge heard about two hours of arguments today on the federal government’s motion to dismiss the ...

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