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Speech unleashed: Defamation claim against planning official dismissed (access required)

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A local planning commissioner has immunity from a defamation suit filed by a lawyer who was seeking approval for a dog rescue operation, a Virginia circuit court says. The commissioner lived less than a mile from the proposed kennel and ...

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Husband liable for $8M in wife’s snowstorm death (access required)

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Despite a medical examiner’s initial conclusion that a Westmoreland County woman committed suicide, a jury this month decided the woman’s husband was complicit in her 2010 death and awarded the wife’s estate $8 million. The result in the unusual civil ...

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Appeals court hears Va. gay marriage case

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Federal appeals court judges aggressively questioned lawyers on both sides of Virginia's potentially landmark gay marriage case Tuesday while hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse.

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Judges skeptical about lawyers’ stories (access required)

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A series of recent legal ethics charges suggests Virginia lawyers ought to think carefully about what they say when judges demand their version of events. Three lawyers are in trouble with the Virginia State Bar after judges became skeptical about ...

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