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Hassell to step down as chief

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. told the annual meeting of state court judges today that he will step down after two four-year terms as head of the judicial branch. The announcement came during the chief justice’s annual State ...

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Former priest’s convictions upheld

The Virginia Court of Appeals affirmed today the embezzlement convictions of former Louisa County priest Rodney Rodis. A jury recommended that Rodis serve a total of 200 years on 10 embezzlement counts stemming from the theft of more than $200,000 ...

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Judge decries plaintiff’s ‘chutzpah’

Chief U.S. District Judge James Jones of the Western District clearly was unimpressed with one medical malpractice plaintiff’s efforts to preserve a $150,000 offer of judgment in the face of damaging disclosures. Information about the plaintiff’s painkiller habit was a ...

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A sidewalk settlement in Chatham

A broken sidewalk in the town of Chatham might mark the intersection of property law, local government, and torts. It seems there is a nasty break in the pavement in front of the historic and beautiful Pittsylvania County courthouse. According ...

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‘Spear’ stands alone

Denounced by plaintiffs’ lawyers, the groundbreaking decision in Spear v. Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority has found few friends in the Virginia judiciary. The latest judge to reject the “once-and-for-all ad damnum” rule of Spear is Franklin County Circuit Judge William ...

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Wood wins VSB Family Law ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award

Richmond lawyer William C. Wood can take a lot of personal satisfaction in how Virginia family law practice has grown in scope and complexity since he pioneered his specialty practice in Henrico in 1966. One of the deans of the ...

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Suit to block battlefield Walmart may go forward

Orange County Circuit Judge Daniel Bouton has refused to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at blocking a Walmart-based shopping center near a historic Civil War battlefield. In the 10-page opinion, available here, Bouton finds local citizens have standing to challenge the ...

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