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Virginia small businesses join employer mandate suit

WASHINGTON – A group of small businesses has filed a lawsuit challenging a rule imposed by the Internal Revenue Service under the federal health care law, alleging the agency exceeded its authority by expanding the law’s employer mandate. Business owners ...

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Pistol permit applications soar across Virginia

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, applications for concealed weapons permits in Virginia have more than doubled in the first three months of the year, according to caseload figures from the Supreme Court of Virginia. ...

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Appeal takes aim at medical malpractice cap (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider two cases involving multimillion-dollar verdicts, including an appeal that challenges Virginia’s medical malpractice damages cap for a child’s suit against her mother’s obstetrician. The decision could mean a $5.4-million difference in ...

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Divorce decree makes son ‘dependent’ past age 18

A divorce decree that called for a father to continue paying part of his son’s health care coverage until the son was “no longer an eligible dependent” meant the father had to pay past the son’s 18th birthday, the Virginia ...

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Supreme Court upholds limits on public records access

Virginia does not have to extend public-records access to persons outside the commonwealth, the U.S. Supreme Court said today, denying out-of-staters’ requests under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act for records on a child support case and on county real ...

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Second request yields writ in Disthene case

The controlling shareholders in a closely held family corporation have won the chance to ask the Supreme Court of Virginia to block a court-ordered breakup of the company. The granting of an appeal in the case involving The Disthene Group ...

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Huguely appeal limited to two issues

An indisposed lawyer and a questionable juror are the bases of the two issues that may be considered by the Court of Appeals of Virginia in the case of George Huguely V, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted ...

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Legislators at odds over judicial selection process

Two General Assembly members highlighted differences over Virginia’s method of selecting judges on a newspaper op-ed page Sunday. Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Hot Springs, and Del. Ben Cline, R-Lexington, disagreed on whether the current method – election by the Assembly – ...

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Virginia Tech families allowed appeal in shootings case

The Supreme Court of Virginia now says it will consider appeals from both sides of the Virginia Tech wrongful death trial. The court has agreed to hear an argument from the families of two victims of the 2007 shootings that ...

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324 pass February bar exam

There are celebrations and groans across the state as February bar examination takers learn of the results. Overall, more than 57 percent of those who sat for the exam on Feb. 26 and 27 passed. A total of 324 passed ...

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