For the first time since Virginia codified its Rules of Evidence last year, the rules have been amended. Modifications to the Rules of Evidence were part of a package of rules changes approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia that ...Read More »
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HOT SPRINGS – Despite sentiment for increasing the $350,000 cap on punitive damages in Virginia civil cases, the Boyd-Graves Conference rejected proposals for reform of the state’s punitive damages statute. A proposal to boost the cap to $500,000 failed to ...Read More »
ALEXANDRIA—Plaintiff’s lawyers have complained about mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts for years, but it’s a little unusual to hear defense lawyers take up the charge. That’s what happened at the Oct. 28 annual meeting of the Boyd Graves Conference. ...Read More »
Plaintiffs with minor personal injury claims and other civil litigators with small-scale claims may have greater access to Virginia general district courts under a pending legislative proposal. But not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The plan, contained in two ...Read More »
Waivers of personal jurisdiction are supposed to be “knowing and intentional.” But Virginia circuit courts do not follow a uniform practice in applying that standard, according to members of the Boyd-Graves Conference. Some courts have held that a defendant has ...
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The Supreme Court of Virginia’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Court is trying again to address the possible injustice of the so-called “nullity” rule, this time with a much more modest proposal. The rule invalidates an action by an attorney ...Read More »