What happens when a judge without authority to hear an ex parte petition grants it anyway and no party has standing to object to it? You have what a concurring justice calls “a procedural Gordian knot.” The knot was tied when The Wall Street Journal attempted to enter the market to publish legal advertising in [...]
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A state law that says it is not negligent to fail to restrain a child in a vehicle does not abrogate the common law duty to protect the child, a divided Supreme Court of Virginia holds today. Four-year-old Hannah Leigh Evans was seriously injured in a head-on collision after her father put her in a [...]
Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons has been elected president of the board of trustees of the American Inns of Court. Lemons succeeds Robert K. Walsh, dean emeritus of the Wake Forest University law school. He joined the Supreme Court in 2000 after serving on the Richmond Circuit Court and the Virginia Court of [...]
Today’s crop of 18 opinions from the Supreme Court of Virginia brings additional evidence that lawyers still struggle to follow the rules about proper parties in civil actions. In Johnson v. Hart, the beneficiary of a will was dissatisfied with the work of the attorney who served as executor of the will. When she sued [...]