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The best witness ever

You will never, ever have a better witness than this. One who provides clear, timely details, and conveniently records it on an answering machine to be able to refresh his own recollection later. Guy calls into his boss to let ...

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Headline of the day

What happens when a semi carrying a truckload of fruit wrecks on the freeway in Southern California? The Los Angeles Times has the headline: “Big rig carrying fruit crashes on 310 Freeway, creates jam” I don’t care that this one ...

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How to write a settlement letter (access required)

Out in St. Louis, former Cardinal Albert Pujols is suing former Cardinal Jack Clark for comments Clark made on the radio, accusing Pujols of having used steriods. Clark’s lawyer, Albert S. Watkins, has proposed a settlement, but this settlement letter ...

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Headline of the Day, sports edition

You have to be familiar with Rice-a-Roni, and you have to know their jingle for this one to make sense, but USA Today has a piece this morning on the woes of the San Francisco 49ers, the defending NFC champions ...

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A strike-out…after one pitch

You read the headline right. A baseball player struck out after only one pitch. Well, he had a little help from the umpire… Here’s what happened in a Double A game down in Texas. The Midland RockHounds were playing the ...

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Good guys: David and David

The Virginia Bar Association held its summer meeting at The Homestead (sorry, “the Omni Homestead Resort” – that moniker is going to take a long time to catch on, if ever) last month. The VBA honored two lawyers – both ...

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From the Chamber of Leaked Secrets

British author J.K. Rowling has made a boatload of money off of the Harry Potter series, both books and movies. Too bad she can’t find a lawyer who can keep his mouth shut. Here’s what happened, according to The Telegraph, ...

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The letter you wish you could write

Ever get an annoying letter and wish you could just tell it straight in your response? The sports website Deadspin had a 2010 post that is making the rounds again. It featured an exchange between two lawyers; the reply letter ...

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FOIA folly

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 29 upheld a Virginia law that says the commonwealth doesn’t need to respond to Freedom of Information requests from people who live out of state. The high court’s reasoning in McBurney v. Young apparently ...

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Headline of the day…not so much

Some headlines are funny. Some are inspired. And some are wince-worthy. When I saw this one, I felt their pain, remembering the number of times that we have caught “the Virginia Trail Lawyers Association” on galley — so far as ...

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