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Judges retire at high rate (access required)

Attorneys will see some new faces looking at them from the bench after next year’s General Assembly session. An unusually large number of state court judges are announcing their retirements this fall. At last count, 15 judges had announced plans ...

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Ocean granted: Fairfax judge sails the Atlantic (access required)

Before last summer, Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Thomas S. Kenny had crossed the Atlantic Ocean many times. By plane. In July, Kenny made the crossing in a 44-foot sailboat. In doing so, he finished a project he had begun many ...

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Plaintiff claims breach by defendant's carrier (access required)

An injured plaintiff can sue a defendant’s insurance carrier for failure to settle a claim up to the policy’s limits, a Charlottesville Circuit judge has ruled. The case appears to provide the first state court ruling that an injured party ...

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Driver can't get punitives from epileptic (access required)

An auto-crash plaintiff cannot state a claim for punitive damages against a defendant who knew he had epilepsy and claimed that a seizure caused the accident, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The accident occurred after the defendant left work ...

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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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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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