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Coverage action not subject to nonsuit tolling (access required)

A plaintiff who thought she had the right to a courthouse do-over after taking a nonsuit in a suit over insurance coverage was left empty handed when the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled against her this month. The case confirms ...

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Weckstein to retire this week

Roanoke Circuit Judge Clifford R. Weckstein is retiring effective Oct. 1. A frequent writer and lecturer on trial advocacy, Weckstein has been a judge of the 23rd Circuit for 28 years. He has been a multi-term chairman of the Judicial ...

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Action survives against nursing home chain

A whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicare fraud by a major national nursing home chain is moving forward in Alexandria federal court. U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton gave a green light this month for the suit alleging that HRC ManorCare encouraged ...

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Court reporters: Please regulate us (access required)


Virginia court reporters are asking to be regulated, in part to avoid the stigma of unqualified reporters confounding the legal system. Setting aside past hesitation, the Virginia Court Reporters Association now is backing an effort to require mandatory certification for ...

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Charlottesville woman among first to sue Volkswagen

The first wave of lawsuits targeting Volkswagen’s discredited clean diesel claims have landed in Alexandria federal court. As of Friday, four class action complaints had been filed, according to online court records. A fifth, with a Charlottesville auto buyer as ...

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Kuhnel is new Roanoke county attorney

The Roanoke County board of supervisors has named Ruth Ellen Kuhnel as county attorney, to succeed the retiring Paul M. Mahoney. Kuhnel has served as assistant county attorney and senior assistant county attorney for eight years. For five years, she ...

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Bankruptcy judges to lunch with lawyers

Western District bankruptcy judges plan to discuss practice issues with lawyers in a pair of brown bag lunch sessions in Lynchburg and Roanoke. Judge Rebecca Connelly and Judge Paul Black will take part in lunch meetings on Oct. 15 in ...

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Keep international meetings, bar study group urges

Despite bitter criticism of the cancellation of a planned Israel trip this year, a Virginia State Bar study group recommends continuing the VSB’s annual overseas excursions. The seven-member study group unanimously agreed the bar’s Midyear Legal Seminar is “within the ...

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