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Lawyer's estate gets double fees (access required)

For six years, a Southwest Virginia bankruptcy attorney was in and out of courtrooms on behalf of his client, a destitute coal miner. The lawyer continually urged the court to keep the case on its docket while the coal miner ...

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Judicial discretion and deviations (access required)

Preliminary data released last month by the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission indicates the Virginia Circuit Court judges are taking the legislature at its word. Consideration, not application, of the guidelines is mandatory. Judges are finding opportunities to impose sentences both ...

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Discovery delay gets $15K slap (access required)

Plaintiff gets its costs A Norfolk premises liability defendant has been hit with a $15,000 sanction to cover the plaintiff’s costs in tracking down information not provided in discovery. The sanction appears to be the largest in a state court ...

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