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Fairfax lawyers lobby for court funding

The Fairfax Bar Association is urging members to tell county supervisors not to cut money for five circuit court law clerks. A proposed letter to the county leaders warns of “draconian” delays in case handling if the proposed budget cut ...

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Moon strikes another blow for judicial openness

U.S. District Judge Norman Moon has again declined an invitation to pull a cloak over the process of civil litigation in his court. Moon last week refused to seal records of a settlement in a Fair Labor Standards Act case ...

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Former judge accuses prosecutor of lying in court

With the help of former federal judge Walter Kelley, a Virginia Beach real estate developer is hoping to get a federal prosecutor disciplined for allegedly lying in court. Kelley, now a lawyer in private practice, has asked Justice officials to ...

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Assembly addresses issues in lawsuits by fiduciaries (access required)

The 2010 General Assembly declined to change the rules for suing someone through a fiduciary, but the legislators approved language to “save” lawsuits that use the wrong format for the style of a case. The savings provision is a response ...

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Proactive builder denied coverage for drywall fix

In what may be the first insurance coverage decision arising from the wave of Chinese drywall lawsuits, a Norfolk federal judge held Wednesday that a home builder who voluntarily fixed drywall-related problems in customers’ homes is not entitled to reimbursement ...

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Virginia goes it alone in suit to block health care plan

Thirteen other states joined together to sue the federal government in a Pensacola, Fla., federal court, hoping to block the health care plan now signed into law by President Obama. By contrast, Virginia’s attorney general does a solo act with ...

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York prosecutor: VSB is making me scapegoat   (access required)

The prosecutor accused of misconduct by the Virginia State Bar in a death penalty case denies the ethics charges and says she is being made a scapegoat for complaints about prosecutor discipline. York County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eileen M. Addison denied ...

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