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Would it have made any difference at Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s trial? Any difference, that is, if the court had had the benefit of proposed model jury instructions just out for federal judges that explicitly tell jurors to stay off ...

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Local bar endorses Alexander reappointment

The Franklin County Bar Association has taken the unusual step of endorsing the reappointment of a sitting judge . Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander was passed over when judicial reappointments were routinely approved by the General Assembly last month. ...

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Asbestos liability bill clears House

The House of Delegates has narrowly passed legislation crafted to shield one corporation from liability for asbestos claims. The vote was 49-to-48 to pass HB 629 , introduced by Del. Terry Kilgore to protect Crown Cork & Seal of Philadelphia. ...

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Snow-ver it!

There appears to be no rest for the weather-weary. The fourth major snowstorm of the winter is gearing up to hit the mid-Atlantic, and the Twitterverse is calling it “snoverkill.”* Follow this local trending topic on Twitter and, amid the ...

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Mac vs. PC: The VLW Poll results are in

A couple weeks ago, Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Web site ran a poll asking lawyers to weigh in on which type of computer platform they used in their practice: Mac or PC? The poll closed today after receiving 100 replies, and ...

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Philip Morris spared huge Florida verdict

A Florida judge said he plans to slash a $300 million verdict against Philip Morris, calling the jury award to a former smoker "excessive" and "shocking." Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld indicated Friday that he would reduce the award, according ...

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New legal niche fermenting at W&L

We hate to miss obvious opportunities for expert commentary, especially when they’re right under our nose. We wrote last year about legal battles over the burgeoning wine industry in what used to be known as Northern Virginia’s “horse country.” Who ...

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