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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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Hassell to miss argument session (access required)

Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. will miss his last argument session as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia because of health reasons. The court issued a press release this afternoon announcing that he would not participate in the session ...

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Court reinstates cases for plaintiffs (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia issued unpublished orders today in two areas of the law that it has had frequent occasion to visit – statutory employees and inadequate damages. Both orders reversed judgments that had been entered for defendants in ...

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Court grants writ in $272,096 sanctions case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will review $272,096 in sanctions levied by Fairfax Circuit Judge Jonathan C. Thacher, who concluded that a suit over a real estate commission was filed “out of a vindictive and malevolent desire to injure and ...

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Litigant gave up too quickly, court holds (access required)

A party in a contract dispute was mistaken in concluding that the judge’s ruling on the effect of an answer to a complaint went further than it did, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled on Dec. 17 in an unpublished ...

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Nursing home gets writ in contract case (access required)

An appeal of a case we reported in August involving a nursing home contract is among the first group of cases to get a writ after the Supreme Court of Virginia’s writ panel session on Dec. 7. In Inova Health ...

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Court halts local government hearings (access required)

Acting with uncommon speed, the Supreme Court of Virginia this month ordered a halt to two planned local government hearings in Prince William County. The unusual order, staying appeals to the county board of zoning appeals and board of supervisors, ...

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Delegates probe for judicial philosophy (access required)

Delegates David B. Albo and Bill Janis tried to explore the judicial philosophy of Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth A. McClanahan, but McClanahan deflected the effort and did so in a way that left the delegates looking sheepish for making ...

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