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Assembly trims judge funding plans

The budget approved by the General Assembly Saturday provides money for unfreezing only five extra judgeships in addition to the 15 proposed in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal. Earlier this month, the House and Senate introduced budget plans that were far ...

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Contract ‘legal costs’ did not mean fees

A contract calling for payment of “legal costs” did not authorize a trial court to award attorney’s fees, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held. On Feb. 19, the appeals court vacated an award of $547,518 that included ...

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Med-mal plaintiff gets another chance

A federal appeals court has reversed dismissal of a medical malpractice suit filed by a man who claimed he was harmed when he participated in a cocaine research study sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Charlottesville U.S. District Judge Glen ...

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Backseat passenger charged with DUI after wreck

Bedford County authorities have charged a backseat passenger with driving under the influence based on evidence she grabbed the vehicle’s steering wheel and caused a wreck. The unusual charge stems from a single-car accident in January where several people were ...

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Richmond lawyer elected to Workers’ Compensation Commission

The General Assembly elected R. Ferrell Newman to the state Workers’ Compensation Commission Wednesday. Newman, who has practiced workers’ compensation law in Richmond for 30 years, fills the seat designated for a “neutral” on the three-member commission. Newman said his ...

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Is W&L law the future of legal education?

While news reports note plummeting law school applications, one legal scholar sees salvation for legal education in the third-year practicum embraced by Washington & Lee’s law school. The enthusiastic review comes from William Henderson, law professor at Indiana University law ...

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Extra $2M for pain and suffering will stand

The widow of a former Navy sailor who died of mesothelioma may collect on a judgment she won in 2010, including a $2 million award for the sailor’s pain and suffering prior to his death. On Feb. 19, the U.S. ...

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Lexington lawyer liable to client on battery claim

A Roanoke woman has won a $28,000 jury verdict against her former lawyer for his alleged sexual overtures in a jailhouse visit videotaped by police. A Roanoke County jury returned the verdict Feb. 15 against Robert B. Armstrong of Lexington, ...

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Assembly approves payee notification

Without a single “nay” vote at any step, the Virginia General Assembly has approved a law to require insurance companies to notify personal injury claimants when they send settlement checks to claimants’ lawyers. Senate Bill 984, sponsored by Sen. Mark ...

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Supreme Court refuses Disthene appeal

A court-ordered breakup of a family-owned central Virginia mining corporation will stand. The Supreme Court of Virginia on Friday refused to review the decision of Circuit Judge Jane M. Roush calling for a sell-off of assets of The Disthene Group ...

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