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McClanahan gets vote of House GOP for Supreme Court seat (access required)

The Republican House caucus has selected Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth A. McClanahan as the party’s candidate for the first of two Supreme Court vacancies, Del. Ben Cline, R-Amherst, said. The decision means McClanahan is likely to be certified by ...

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Court to rehear case decided in September (access required)

Indemnification agreements in construction contracts and just what they mean for the parties and their insurers is challenging material for the best lawyer, so you folks who bothered to read and comprehend Uniwest Construction Inc. v. Amtech Elevator Services Inc. ...

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Court short-handed for writ panels (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is grappling with a lack of bench strength. The court was able to muster only two three-justice panels rather than the usual three today to hear about 80 10-minute arguments in support of petitions for ...

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Court holds attorney could collect fees (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in an unpublished order that a trial judge erred in dismissing the effort of an Arlington attorney to collect his fees in one of two cases in which he represented a woman. In ...

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Supreme Court candidates to appear on Wednesday (access required)

The House and Senate Courts of Justice Committees will interview candidates to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia on Wednesday. The interviews will begin at the end of the noon meeting of the two houses. They were ...

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Writ granted in asbestos exposure case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will review a $2.99 million judgment for the widow of a sailor who contended that he contracted mesothelioma while working as shipfitter on Navy tenders, where he routinely fabricated and removed asbestos packing and gaskets ...

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Supreme Court approves deferred judgment (access required)

Resolving a sometimes heated debate between prosecutors and defense lawyers in Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that courts have the inherent authority to take a criminal case under advisement to consider dismissal instead of conviction, even after ...

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An evenly divided court? (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has a cadre of three senior justices that it calls on to augment its ranks when a justice cannot sit for some reason. As a result, it’s rare for less than seven jurists to hear ...

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Democratic principles collide at Supreme Court (access required)

Appellate advocates Steve Emmert and Bill Hurd each emphasized the grand principle that supported his argument – the First Amendment right to petition government to redress grievances for Emmert and the sanctity of the democratic process for Hurd. If only ...

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Court grants noncompete writ (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will review a noncompete agreement in which the language in dispute limited application of the restriction to Fairfax County but barred the employee from competing “directly or indirectly or concern himself/herself in any manner whatsoever” ...

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