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Legislators propose access to statewide court records (access required)

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Two state legislators say court records kept by the Virginia Supreme Court’s administrative office should be searchable on a statewide basis. Their proposals for public access seek to change the court’s current policy of allowing online searches only on a ...

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Fight over estate tops 2016’s list of ‘Largest Verdicts’ (access required)

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A battle between a restaurateur’s son and a former employee in Arlington provided the top entry in Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s annual compilation of “Largest Verdicts” for 2016. In a trial that lasted nearly three weeks, the son prevailed with a ...

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‘Winner-take-all’ prenup was void (access required)

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A husband cannot enforce a premarital agreement that barred spousal support and any share of marital property for his wife, a Norfolk Circuit Court said on Jan. 6. The agreement, drafted in English and sent to the pregnant woman in ...

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Morrissey faces new bar charges (access required)

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The Virginia State Bar has leveled new ethics charges against Richmond area lawyer and politician Joseph D. Morrissey. The new charges follow a lengthy bar investigation that became public last year when Morrissey sought to block access to his lawyers’ ...

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Doctor sues hospital over misconduct report (access required)

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A Virginia doctor says his hospital was too quick to report him to state regulators when a patient made questionable allegations of misconduct. Now, the doctor claims in a $500,000 lawsuit that he is still trying to shake the damage ...

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Encouraging good faith negotiation: Delegate floats med-mal cost-shifting rule (access required)

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A Virginia legislator says the state’s medical malpractice cap can prolong litigation and force needless trials in some cases. Representatives of doctors and trial lawyers have agreed to study a possible remedy for potential action next year. Del. Greg Habeeb, ...

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Hospital settles case amid spoliation dispute (access required)

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A Virginia hospital agreed to pay $1.75 million to resolve claims that it failed to take proper precautions to prevent a patient’s fall. The patient reportedly suffered tetraplegia and traumatic brain injury, incurring millions in current and future medical bills, ...

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Members of LLC aren’t liable for debt of successor (access required)

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A contest between two financial services firms over collection of an arbitration award has been resolved with a federal judge’s predictions about how the Supreme Court of Virginia would rule on open questions of corporate law. The case involved a ...

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Lawsuit helped expose mudslinger, senator says (access required)

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A Virginia politician claims he traced a shady smear campaign to his political rival using a lawsuit and a subpoena for email records. State Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Fredericksburg, a candidate for lieutenant governor, says he is a victim of emails ...

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Duty to intervene with impaired colleague set (access required)

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The supervising lawyer at a law firm now has a duty to intervene when another lawyer in the firm becomes impaired, under a Legal Ethics Opinion just approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Supervising lawyers are duty-bound to protect ...

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