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AG names 175 lawyers as outside counsel for state (access required)

Attorney General James S. Gilmore III last week named 175 private attorneys as qualified to handle cases for state agencies. Outside counsel earn between $5 million and $10 million annually for legal work for the commonwealth. The outside counsel, chosen ...

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Gilmore names 175 to serve as outside counsel (access required)

The Attorney General announced a new list of outside counsel last week. The following list includes outside counsel by name, location and approved practice area. Practice areas are coded: “DRM” means that an attorney has been approved to represent a ...

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Murray claimants gain $250K (access required)

Claimants bilked by the late David M. Murray Sr. may have to share a total of $250,000 in theft-insurance money, following a ruling by a Richmond Circuit judge. Fourteen of Murray’s former clients, claiming damages of approximately $1.8 million, had ...

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New law prompts wrangling over when to plead guilty (access required)

Virginia’s bifurcated-trial statute is less than six months old, but already defense attorneys are finding tactics to soften its blow. Prosecutors are trying to ensure that the window to use those tactics is not open for long. The new law, ...

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Altizer seeks top VSB post (access required)

Tazewell attorney Robert B. Altizer has filed petitions for election as Virginia State Bar president-elect beginning next June. Next year’s president-elect will serve as VSB president in a 1996-97 term. He hopes to improve relations between the VSB and its ...

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Landlord's refusal to sublease "not unreasonable" (access required)

A commercial tenant who wants to sublease office space likely faces a lease clause that says the landlord may not “unreasonably refuse” a sublease. But Virginia courts have offered few standards for determining when a landlord acts unreasonably in withholding ...

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Carrier tenders limits, walks away (access required)

An automobile liability carrier that tenders policy limits can be relieved of its duty to defend an automobile accident case, a Fredericksburg circuit judge has ruled. A 1988 amendment to Virginia’s uninsured motorist insurance law creates a statutory right allowing ...

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Mediation can succeed in contract disputes (access required)

It started out as a noisy contract struggle featuring two major Richmond-area hospitals and a pediatric heart surgeon, represented by some of the state’s largest law firms. It was resolved almost quietly with a mediated agreement earlier this month, with ...

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Criminal discovery and how to make it work FOIA (access required)

Criminal defense lawyers often lament the limitations Virginia places on pretrial discovery. But successful advocates cannot count on the prosecution to spoon-feed them important clues about their cases, according to members of the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Creative ...

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Show, don't tell: a maxim to prove pain and suffering (access required)

When proving damages in a personal-injury case, the game is not show and tell–it is “show, don’t tell.” P. Brent Brown, a lawyer in Roanoke, offered a number of stories to illustrate this maxim and others in a Virginia Trial ...

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