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‘Spear’ stands alone

Denounced by plaintiffs’ lawyers, the groundbreaking decision in Spear v. Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority has found few friends in the Virginia judiciary. The latest judge to reject the “once-and-for-all ad damnum” rule of Spear is Franklin County Circuit Judge William ...

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D.C. lawyer faces UPL and felony charge (access required)

A Washington lawyer who took on special education cases in Virginia without a Virginia law license faces a felony charge for allegedly obtaining money by false pretenses along with a misdemeanor charge of practicing law without a license. Authorities expect ...

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Suit to block battlefield Walmart may go forward

Orange County Circuit Judge Daniel Bouton has refused to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at blocking a Walmart-based shopping center near a historic Civil War battlefield. In the 10-page opinion, available here, Bouton finds local citizens have standing to challenge the ...

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Violin performance leads to judicial recusal

A violin performance in open court helped an Albemarle County judge decide to step aside from a case involving alleged death threats. Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins was concerned she might have a conflict of interest. She had been assigned the ...

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Google fends off claim over sponsored links

Alexandria U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee is dismissing Rosetta Stone’s infringement lawsuit against Google, Inc. Lee has entered orders granting Google’s motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment, with his reasoning to come later in a written opinion. ...

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Phony tax forms led to big settlement for knee injury

A one-time Botetourt County restaurant owner used phony income documents to help score a $450,000 settlement for his alleged swimming pool knee injury, according to authorities. Now, the man may have to pay the money back. Eric Wooten pleaded guilty ...

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