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Confrontation Clause violation is harmless error (access required)

An admitted violation of a defendant’s right to confront the author of a ballistics certificate was harmless error, largely because the jury never saw the document, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in an unpublished order. The report tied ...

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Court grants med mal, business conspiracy writs (access required)

A $1.95 million verdict for the family of a woman who died after undergoing plastic surgery and a $14.1 million judgment based in part on the Virginia Business Conspiracy Act are among the cases for which the Supreme Court of ...

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Court issues orders in legal malpractice, remittitur cases (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in unpublished orders that one trial judge correctly analyzed the statute of limitations in a legal malpractice case and another judge justified his decision to remit $200,000 of a $375,000 personal injury award. ...

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New rules take effect (access required)

A set of revisions to the Virginia rules of court took effect May 2, but don’t worry if you forgot to double check the changes this week. The updates are primarily housekeeping in nature. One of the changes clarifies the ...

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Victim of false accusation can sue police officer (access required)

A contractor who was locked up and falsely portrayed as potential child molester gets to try his defamation case against the police officer who had him arrested. Michael Lewis was working in a Prince George County neighborhood when a 10-year-old ...

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Law firm can’t sue over loss of client (access required)

On April 21, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed dismissal of a law firm’s complaint that U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly – as then-chair of the Fairfax supervisors – torpedoed the firm’s longstanding relationship with the county housing authority.  Connolly (D, VA-11) had publicly argued ...

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Court grants new trial in drowning case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has revived a $9-million lawsuit against the city of Lexington for the 2006 drowning of a 16-year-old boy. The lawsuit claimed the city failed to warn about dangerous water currents below a dam in a ...

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Supreme Court asked to decide key Chinese drywall issue (access required)

A Newport News federal judge is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to take up a critical issue in litigation over destructive Chinese drywall: Whether liability insurance policies provide coverage for drywall damage claims or whether the policies’ “pollution exclusions” ...

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Court settles union hall dispute (access required)

An upstart union that won the right to represent workers at the giant MeadWestvaco paper mill in Covington also wins the local union hall. A circuit court judge in January had ruled the new union – Covington Paperworkers Union Local ...

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