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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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McGuire ex-partner pleads to securities fraud

A former McGuireWoods partner has admitted violating securities laws by trading unregistered shares of client companies. If that sounds more like a New York City crime than an item on a Virginia docket, it is. The defendant is Louis Zehill, ...

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Judges approve online sales of court recordings

Audio recordings of federal court hearings may soon be available from a court near you, but you can forget about that eight-cent price tag used in a recent pilot project. Downloading a digital audio file from a court session will ...

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The mouth runneth over…  (access required)

Police are skilled at getting defendants to talk, even when the accused know they should just button up. Sometimes, however, the officers don’t have to lift a finger to gather the damning evidence. The Virginia Court of Appeals today confronts ...

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