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‘Ambien zombies’ pose road hazard and legal challenge

Courts are beginning to address questions from arising from crimes or traffic wrecks where the accused raises a defense of involuntary intoxication from sleep aid medication. Some Texas pranksters got big laughs a while back by hacking a roadside warning ...

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U.Va. law students compare their tattoos

When Virginia Lawyers Weekly published its Dress Code Survey results back in July, a resounding 89 percent of poll-takers shook their heads at showing off tattoos. But a handful of University of Virginia law students recently dared to bare their ...

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LEO on undisclosed recordings adopted

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics of the Virginia State Bar finally has a formal position on the troublesome issue of using undisclosed recordings to investigate and develop a case. The committee adopted Legal Ethics Opinion 1802, which shifts the ...

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First candidate for Supreme Court vacancy emerges

L. Steven Emmert, perhaps the most active appellate attorney in state courts and the host of the popular www.virginia-appeals.com website, says he will seek the Supreme Court of Virginia seat that will be created by the retirement of Justice Lawrence ...

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Richmond lawyer named Volunteer of the Year

Richmond lawyer Kevin A. White has been named Outstanding Volunteer of the year by the Pro Bono Clearinghouse program of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation. Incoming board president Brian R. Marron presented the award to White last night at St. ...

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Williams Mullen lawyer nominated for Federal Circuit

President Obama nominated Jimmie V. Reyna, head of the internal trade and customs practice at Williams Mullen and a leader in the Hispanic bar, yesterday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Reyna works in Williams Mullen’s ...

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Settlement unsealed in eating-disorder suit

Public access trumped privacy rights in a case that required court approval of a personal injury settlement for a minor plaintiff. Guardians of a young girl sued the Ambassador Programs Inc. after the girl, 11 years old at the time, ...

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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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