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At oral argument on the road, avoid the Red Square

Appellate lawyers familiar with the small green, yellow, and red argument timing lights used by appeals courts are confronted with a much different system when they make their cases to the Supreme Court of Virginia’s traveling writ panels. As lawyers ...

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Buniva joins Eckert Seamans

The Pittsburgh-based firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has attracted another prominent partner from the Richmond office of LeClairRyan. Brian L. Buniva joined Eckert Seamans environmental and litigations practices yesterday. Buniva is a member of Virginia State Bar ...

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Cohabiting couple can’t partition home

Kathryn Steenburgh and Glen Weaver bought a house together in 2000. Steenburgh made a down payment of $42,000, and Weaver paid the mortgage and casualty insurance. The couple had a child together. But 10 years later, the thrill was gone. ...

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New chief judge for 23rd Circuit

The judges of the 23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia unanimously elected William D. Broadhurst as chief judge. His two-year term began July 1. Judge Broadhurst succeeds Charles N. Dorsey as chief judge of the circuit, which includes the City of ...

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Interlocutory appeal filed in drywall cases

A drywall supplier and contractor have filed an interlocutory appeal of a Norfolk trial judge’s order to consolidate cases alleging property damage and personal injury from defective Chinese drywall. The petition filed yesterday with the Supreme Court of Virginia contends ...

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Sanctions of $272K levied

A Fairfax Circuit judge has ordered a Northern Virginia lawyer and his client to pay the attorneys’ fees and costs of two defendants they sued in a residential real estate tangle. Total price tag: About $272,000. Judge Jonathan C. Thacher ...

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Police arrest son of Chief Justice

Leroy R. Hassell Jr. – son of Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. – has been charged with armed robbery in connection with an alleged home invasion in Henrico County on Monday. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Hassell, 23, was ...

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Health care ruling in 30 days, judge says

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson promised a decision within 30 days on whether Virginia has standing to challenge the federal health care law. The judge heard about two hours of arguments today on the federal government’s motion to dismiss the ...

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Vampires in the courtroom?

For the first time in U.S. history, vampires have been allowed into the halls of justice. The fever for vampires – who seem to have taken over our popular culture – has invaded a federal courtroom. Vampires tend to be ...

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Harding elected to VSB Council

Andrew Harding of Harrisonburg has been elected to the Virginia State Bar Council representing the 26th judicial circuit. He replaces George Shanks who now is VSB president-elect. Harding outpolled Carter Foulds of Winchester 101-77 in a special election. By Peter ...

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