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Another endorsement for Urbanski

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mike Urbanski has picked up another endorsement in his bid to move up the judicial ladder at the federal courthouse. Urbanski Monday was recommended by the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association for a seat on the U.S. District ...

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Courts develop ways to aid victims of child porn (access required)

A Charlottesville federal judge has joined courts in Texas and Maine in setting a high hurdle for victims of child pornography seeking restitution from defendants convicted of receiving or possessing images of the victims’ abuse. It’s the latest development in ...

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Church, county can develop housing (access required)

While Episcopalians squared off last week over whether judges can decide church property disputes, an Alexandria federal judge turned aside a First Amendment challenge to a government-backed project for affordable housing units that will share a 10-story building with a ...

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Sleepover liability case settles for $1.75 million (access required)

A Henrico County judge has approved a $1.75-million settlement in the controversial case involving the death of a teenage girl during a visit with a friend. The money comes from the homeowners’ insurance carrier for parents of the victim’s friend. ...

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Sleepover liability case settles for $1.75 million

A Henrico County judge has approved a $1.75-million settlement in the controversial case involving the death of a teenage girl during a visit with a friend. The money comes from the homeowners’ insurance carrier for parents of the victim’s friend. ...

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Fee cap waiver money has run out

Virginia’s court-appointed lawyers are working strictly on the straight fee plan until July 1, according to an April 13 memo from Supreme Court Executive Secretary Karl Hade. The $4.2 million allocated for fee cap waivers for FY2010 has run dry, ...

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Inverse condemnation case clears early hurdle

A Wythe County man whose property may set some kind of record for condemnation actions has won an early skirmish in his battle to extract more compensation from the state Department of Transportation. Wythe County Circuit Judge Joey Showalter denied ...

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Who to sue? Who’s doing the suing?

Today’s crop of 18 opinions from the Supreme Court of Virginia brings additional evidence that lawyers still struggle to follow the rules about proper parties in civil actions. In Johnson v. Hart, the beneficiary of a will was dissatisfied with ...

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