An architect fired by the city of Alexandria has won the first case under a new whistleblower law that allows state and local government workers to sue for retaliatory job actions under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act. Attorney Zachary ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia’s first-ever rule on voir dire in civil trials will provide more explicit guidance for lawyers and judges about what they can ask potential jurors. The new Rule echoes the current statute governing voir dire, emphasizing ...
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Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a number of bills that were designed to make Virginia more business-friendly, including three advanced by the Medical Society of Virginia. The tort reform measures hammered out in early-session negotiations all have been signed into ...Read More »
WILLIAMSBURG—The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association honored the late Betty Thompson of Arlington with its Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to her family at the group’s 2013 annual convention. The VTLA Board of Governors voted on Sept. 22 to honor Ms. Thompson, ...
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WILLIAMSBURG–Virginia Supreme Court Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. retired from the high court in 2010, after 43 years as a judge. Since leaving the court full-time, he has remained busy, sitting on appeals as a senior justice and working as ...Read More »
(AP) — The Virginia Court of Appeals has reversed the felony murder conviction of a Danville man who sold the drug that led to a fatal overdose. Timothy Woodard sold 10 to 15 ecstasy pills that caused Kayla Beame’s death in ...Read More »
Some procedural errors that may have meant dismissed appeals will no longer be fatal, a divided Virginia Court of Appeals said today in a trio of en banc cases. Specifically, in two cases, the court allowed amendments to retool assignments ...Read More »
Gov. Bob McDonnell last Tuesday recommended adding an extra 12 judgeships to the 20 already included for funding in the budget approved earlier by the General Assembly. McDonnell’s proposal would spend $1.8 million to fill 11 vacant positions in courts ...Read More »
Of everything that goes into being a trial lawyer, nothing is more difficult, more subtle or more challenging than cross-examination. Writing about cross-examination is a little bit like writing about golf. Reading an article by Tiger Woods on the fundamentals ...
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The practice of appearing in person to offer a status report on cases continues almost unchanged in many rural – and some not-so-rural – parts of the state. Younger lawyers in Virginia metropolises may never have been exposed to the ...Read More »