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Doing something about the weather

We all complain, but at least one Virginia prosecutor is prepared to step up and throw the book at the weather gods for damaging public property and interfering with justice. You can read the indictment of Mother Nature at Ken ...

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Green state buildings bill still alive  (access required)

A bill to mandate energy-saving state buildings is alive in the General Assembly, with supporters hoping the measure will avoid the fate of similar legislation in previous sessions. The Green Public Buildings Act, Senate Bill 109, calls for new large ...

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‘Move-over’ law could expand

A bill to broaden Virginia’s "move-over" law has advanced in the House of Delegates. The current law requires drivers to move to the left when approaching a stopped police, fire or rescue vehicle with flashing lights. (Slowing down generally is ...

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Local bar endorses Alexander reappointment

The Franklin County Bar Association has taken the unusual step of endorsing the reappointment of a sitting judge . Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander was passed over when judicial reappointments were routinely approved by the General Assembly last month. ...

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Asbestos liability bill clears House

The House of Delegates has narrowly passed legislation crafted to shield one corporation from liability for asbestos claims. The vote was 49-to-48 to pass HB 629 , introduced by Del. Terry Kilgore to protect Crown Cork & Seal of Philadelphia. ...

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Philip Morris spared huge Florida verdict

A Florida judge said he plans to slash a $300 million verdict against Philip Morris, calling the jury award to a former smoker "excessive" and "shocking." Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld indicated Friday that he would reduce the award, according ...

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New legal niche fermenting at W&L

We hate to miss obvious opportunities for expert commentary, especially when they’re right under our nose. We wrote last year about legal battles over the burgeoning wine industry in what used to be known as Northern Virginia’s “horse country.” Who ...

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Williams Mullen gets gag order in civil case

Unhappy with a published report about settlement talks and tawdry comments on a radio show, Richmond’s Williams Mullen law firm had a judge impose a gag order on the parties and their lawyers in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the ...

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