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Judge derails ‘Vienna Metro’ fee standard for lease case (access required)


Rejecting the touchstone Vienna Metro attorney fee matrix widely used in Northern Virginia fee-shifting cases, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III cut a fee request by one third for what he described as a “straightforward lease dispute.” The decision came ...

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Chief justice recalls drug court roots

WINTERGREEN — Trial court judges share a common problem. They affect the lives of thousands of people but they have no way to recall the individual names and faces as they come and go through their courtrooms. And not all ...

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Breyer talks cameras in court on ‘Late Show’

Even on tour to promote a book, a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court might hesitate about going on late night television to be questioned by one of America’s leading humorists. Justice Stephen Breyer set aside any such qualms Sept. ...

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Top drug cop is bar speaker

Chuck Rosenberg, the Acting Administrator of the DEA, is the speaker for an annual lecture sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Rosenberg is former chief of staff and senior counselor to the FBI and former ...

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Lawyer convicted on drug charges gets 2-year suspension

A Wise lawyer who admitted to prescription fraud and served 20 months in federal prison now has a date when he might return to law practice. In an agreement with the Virginia State Bar, R. Stuart Collins accepted a two-year ...

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Judge, not jury, decides ‘bad faith’ (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has closed the door for any claimant who hoped to take an insurance bad faith case to a jury. The court says a bad faith claim under the Virginia statute is a matter for a ...

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Hettrick recognized for pro bono leadership

George H. Hettrick of Richmond is the 2015 recipient of the Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. Hettrick has led the pro bono efforts of Hunton & Williams for 25 years. He was the driving force ...

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Roush reappointed

Defying warnings from Republicans about his legal authority, Gov. Terry McAuliffe Wednesday reappointed Justice Jane Marum Roush to her tenuous seat on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Republican legislative leaders insisted the 2015 General Assembly still was technically in session, ...

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