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VT suicide lawsuit seeks $43 million

Today’s VLW Daily Alert noted a lawsuit faulting Virginia Tech officials for their response to threats of suicide from a student who ended up taking his own life two years ago. From The Roanoke Times , we now learn the ...

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A time of transition (access required)

Changes to the legal profession are coming. And no one exactly can predict what those changes will be. Those are two of the most significant findings of a recent survey of nearly 1,200 University of Virginia law school alumni. It’s ...

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At U.Va., trial advocacy triumphs where football falls short

A trial advocacy team from the University of Virginia has accomplished what the school’s football team could not .  It defeated William & Mary. U.Va. here duly notes the fine achievement of its four-member mock trial team in taking the ...

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Tennessee judge cancels trial, claims courthouse is toxic

"It appears to be a toxic courthouse," Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown said of the new Washington County (Tenn.) Justice Center, reports the Johnson City Press .   Workers at the gleaming facility in Johnson City have complained of coughing fits, ...

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Clinic disavows interest in condemned land

A Roanoke-based healthcare business says, contrary to assumptions, it really doesn’t want a piece of land the city condemned as part of an effort to boost a bio-medical complex.  The lack of interest comes as news to the owners’ lawyer, ...

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Judge allows using state money for rail project

A circuit judge has turned aside Montgomery County’s objections to state funding for a Norfolk Southern Corp. intermodal rail facility in the county. Richmond Circuit Judge Melvin Hughes ruled Nov. 18 that the state constitution does not bar public support ...

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Norfolk lawyer preps for ‘bellwether’ drywall trial (access required)

A U.S. district judge has entered a preliminary default judgment against a Chinese company accused of making tainted drywall blamed for health problems and home damage in Virginia and other southeastern states. It’s a case with implications for international relations. ...

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