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McGuireWoods’ fees cut in class action case

A federal judge in Los Angeles has slashed McGuireWoods’ attorneys fees from $12 million to $500,000 in an antitrust case against West Publishing Corp., citing an “egregious breach of ethical duties.” The class action suit, filed by consumers who were ...

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Bomb threats disrupt courts in Hampton Roads

Court business was on hold for a few hours Tuesday morning in Hampton, Portsmouth, and Newport News. State courts there were evacuated and searched in response to a telephone bomb threat directed at all three localities, reports the Daily Press. ...

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Court wants do-over of GPS case

On its own motion, the Virginia Court of Appeals has decided to hear en banc its Sept. 7 decision upholding use of a warrantless GPS device on a man suspected of multiple sexual assaults in the Arlington area. Judge Randolph ...

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Writs granted and denied by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Virginia held its writ panel session earlier this month, and has issued the first flush of petitions for appeal granted. Nursing home arbitration, the slayer statute, and an allegedly excessive $9 million jury award are among ...

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Hate speech showdown is Supreme Court preview

Westboro Baptist Church – the folks who stage anti-gay protests at funerals of service members – will be represented at a free public debate Sunday afternoon at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Margie Phelps, an attorney and church member, will ...

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Harris Poll reports view of U.S. Supreme Court

As new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was preparing to hear her first arguments, the Harris Poll conducted a survey aimed at determining how knowledgeable Americans are about the process of confirming a justice. Forty-two percent of 2,775 adults ...

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Harris Poll reports view of U.S. Supreme Court

As new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was preparing to hear her first arguments, the Harris Poll conducted a survey aimed at determining how knowledgeable Americans are about the process of confirming a justice. Forty-two percent of 2,775 adults ...

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