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Even more Supreme Court candidates (access required)

Two 27th Circuit judges have made a late entry into the competition for a seat on the Supreme Court of Virginia just as more statewide bar groups are sending their evaluations of a second round of candidates to legislators. Judges ...

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Court affirms med mal defense verdict (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia upheld today a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case from Rockingham County in which the testimony of the plaintiff’s expert on the standard of care was a key issue. Plaintiff suffered partial paralysis of ...

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VSB committee vets Supreme Court candidates (access required)

The judicial nominating committee of the Virginia State Bar has found five of the eight candidates it interviewed on Tuesday to be highly qualified for a seat on the Supreme Court of Virginia. They are Virginia Court of Appeals Judge ...

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Court reinstates case decided on summary judgment (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia reinstated today the case of two passengers in a truck that was hit by a train in Chesapeake. The trial judge in Norfolk had entered summary judgment for Norfolk Southern Railway Co. after concluding that ...

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Richmond lawyer seeks Supreme Court seat (access required)

W. Coleman Allen Jr., a partner in the Richmond personal injury firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, has asked to be considered for appointment to the Supreme Court of Virginia. He is among eight candidates scheduled to be interviewed ...

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Ludwig joins Supreme Court candidates (access required)

Add 25th Circuit Judge Victor V. Ludwig to the list of those interested in a seat on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Ludwig was elevated to the circuit bench in 2008 after four years as a J&DR judge. He’s a ...

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Bar groups provide ‘informal accountability,’ Mims says (access required)

In a judicial selection process that imbues judges with a great deal of independence and little formal accountability, bar groups provide “informal accountability that works quite well,” Justice William C. Mims told the Richmond Bar Association today. He noted that ...

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Malpractice, noncompete cases lead list of writs granted (access required)

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s effort to enforce civil investigative demands on the University of Virginia, petitions from four losing plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases and a noncompete dispute are among the first writs granted from the Supreme Court of Virginia’s ...

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No more printed opinions at the Supreme Court (access required)

An opinion day ritual at the Supreme Court of Virginia has ended. Attorneys who had had their case decided would gather in the fifth floor clerk’s office shortly before 9:30 and join messengers and a journalist or two to wait ...

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Laches, sale of marital home at issue in unpublished orders (access required)

The doctrine of laches, and not a statute of limitations, controls whether a suit for rescission has been filed in a timely manner, the Supreme Court of Virginia held today in an unpublished order in Nunnenkamp v. Copenhaver. The issue ...

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