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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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$500K in legal fees approved in bias case (access required)

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Although a Norfolk federal court gave a hearing-impaired plaintiff only $40,842 in back pay at the end of years of litigation and a two-week jury trial, the trial judge has awarded her legal team nearly a half-million dollars in attorney’s ...

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Chiles suspended 2 years over disputed fee payment (access required)

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A prominent Richmond lawyer has been suspended from practice for two years after the disciplinary board found she violated Virginia ethics rules barring dishonest conduct. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed the penalty against Vinceretta T. Chiles on March ...

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