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VSB dues won't drop this year (access required)

Virginia lawyers will have to wait a little longer for lower bar dues. The General Assembly apparently will not impose a dues cut on the Virginia State Bar this year. The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission recommended several legislative ...

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Juries give more time than judges (access required)

When a criminal-defense lawyer meets with a client behind bars to discuss strategy, an important topic is whether to seek a bench trial or whether to roll the dice with a jury. That decision often will hinge on certain facts ...

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Deal's failure not due to legal malpractice (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a legal malpractice judgment because the client, a purchaser of commercial real estate, did not prove that his lawyer’s failure to negotiate two critical provisions in the sales contract caused the client’s losses. The ...

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House lost over timing of divorce (access required)

A wife whose divorce came through five months after she filed for bankruptcy cannot protect her house from her creditors, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Although the home was held as a tenancy-by-the-entirety when the wife ...

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Fired lawyers get piece of $9M lottery jackpot (access required)

One of the Virginia Supreme Court cases to make a big splash this month involved a group of guys who pooled their money to play the lottery and a $9 million winning ticket that one man said he bought for ...

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NOVA Law (access required)

A mentally disabled man who was taunted about sexual matters and was physically assaulted by male co-workers cannot sue under Title VII, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. A hostile-environment claim cannot lie for same-sex harassment between ...

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Alexandria GALs given duty to follow up on kids (access required)

Lawyers appointed as guardians ad litem in Alexandria should plan on working longer hours on their cases. Under new procedures, guardians ad litem in child-abuse cases will be expected to follow their child-clients as they go through the social-service system ...

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Blue Ridge to the Beltway: Woods, Rogers expands (access required)

The conventional wisdom may be “Go west, young man,” but Western Virginia’s largest law firm has done just the opposite. Roanoke-based Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove has set out for parts east — opening new offices in Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. ...

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Advantage Artz: Arlington attorney brings home silver medal (access required)

If Arlington medical-malpractice attorney William E. Artz is not in court, he’s probably on the court — the tennis court, that is. Artz, a tennis player since his high school days, has more than tennis elbow to show for his ...

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Lawyers plow through abominable snowstorm (access required)

William L. Dudley Jr. was steeling himself to face the ice and snow last Monday. He had a trial in Newport News and had to drive from his Virginia Beach home on treacherous roadways. He expected the trip to take ...

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