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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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Urbanski gets nod from Roanoke bar

The Roanoke Bar Association today voted to recommend U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski for the vacancy created when U.S. District Judge Norman Moon took senior status in February. Virginia’s two U.S. senators have requested recommendations from bar groups for the ...

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Virginia homeowners awarded $2.6 million for drywall claims

Seven Virginia families who claimed their homes were damaged by tainted Chinese drywall have won a $2.6-million award against a Chinese manufacturer. The 108-page decision by New Orleans federal Judge Eldon Fallon is expected to serve as a guide for ...

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Governor pix open for clicks

The life of a Virginia governor is one of unending public appearances, with a little excitement thrown in from time to time. That’s the impression, anyway, from the hundreds of photographs of Gov. Bob McDonnell, now available on his own ...

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