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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The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in an unpublished order that a trial judge erred in dismissing the effort of an Arlington attorney to collect his fees in one of two cases in which he represented a woman.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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Court affirms two-year suspension (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed yesterday the two-year suspension of the license of Alexandria lawyer Dale E. Duncan despite an embarrassing oversight by the Virginia State Bar. A three-judge panel concluded that Duncan had violated Rules of Professional Conduct ...

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Gun case pulled from docket (access required)

The Virginia attorney general’s office has decided not to contest a Shenandoah County man’s right to own a firearm even though he has been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic assault. The Department of State Police had told Festus Brian Foltz ...

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