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Try again, judge tells media lawyers

News media lawyers who sued to unseal the court order blocking access to documents in the U.Va. lacrosse killing investigation took the wrong tack with a writ of mandamus directed to the court clerk. That was the ruling today from ...

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Tattoo artist was ‘independent contractor’

Tattoos may have gone mainstream, but if you’ve seen “Miami Ink” or “LA Ink” on cable, you know that tattoo artists remain untamed. The Virginia Court of Appeals acknowledged as much today, when it said a tattoo artist was an ...

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Rotunda lawsuit dismissed, almost

The only remaining claim in the wide-ranging sexual assault lawsuit filed by law professor Kyndra Rotunda against George Mason University is a state law count of assault and battery against her former supervisor, Prof. Joseph Zengerle. Alexandria U.S. District Judge ...

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Roanoke condemnation case resolved

A couple fighting city hall in Roanoke over the condemnation of their property has decided to end the battle and accept a $2.2 million valuation of their property set by a jury in March. The Roanoke Times reports Jay and ...

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High court less diverse in some aspects

Con law scholar A.E. “Dick” Howard notes the U.S. Supreme Court seems to have gained ethnic and gender diversity while losing much of its geographic and career diversity in the past five decades. Speaking to a Law Day gathering in ...

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Influential Women of Virginia photos online

The Influential Women of Virginia awards luncheon was held this past Thursday at the Omni Richmond Hotel. Photos of the event are posted on VLW’s Flickr page. For more information about the awards program, including profiles for the 2010 class ...

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Thieves buy pot with Saslaw credit card

At least two Northern Virginia legislators have been ripped off by identity thieves in California who used the name of longtime state Sen. Dick Saslaw to buy “medical” marijuana, according to news accounts. A Washington Post blog reports the culprits ...

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Gibney approval delayed

Richmond lawyer John A. Gibney Jr. was scheduled to cruise through the Senate Judiciary Committee at a routine meeting yesterday morning, but Chariman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., was unable to round up a quorum. Gibney is back on the docket for ...

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Lawyer’s notice to carrier not too late

A Richmond U.S. District Court upheld a jury verdict for a lawyer whose malpractice carrier denied coverage because of an alleged late notice of claim. But the court set aside nearly all of the $8,400 damage award to the lawyer. ...

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