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Low lawyer fee was ‘abuse of discretion’ (access required)

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When a winning party seeks attorney’s fees under a fee-shifting provision, a modest damage award will not necessarily cap the amount of fees awarded, according to an April 13 decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Supreme Court said ...

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Avvo in Virginia (access required)

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Lawyers who sign up for the newly launched Avvo Legal Services program risk violation of at least two Virginia legal ethics rules, according to a proposed legal ethics opinion up for comment at the Virginia State Bar. Avvo officials don’t ...

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Justices offer few answers for vexed trial lawyers (access required)

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – A Virginia Supreme Court panel offered only marginal comfort last month for frustrated trial lawyers hoping to reverse a trend of unfavorable rulings in product liability cases. At the annual convention of the Virginia Trial ...

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In selecting jurors, smart can be overrated (access required)

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Jury selection is about identifying biases, and whenever we think about biases, we need to look at our own biases first. The desire to have a smart jury is es­pecially common among defense teams in civil and criminal trials. It ...

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