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Leaving, on a (chartered) jet plane (access required)

The following story is proof positive that it’s a really bad idea to keep judges waiting around in airports for very long. An export company was lawing an energy company over a coal contract and it won in federal court ...

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Eyes on the prize (access required)

Several of Virginia’s law librarians were among the northern lights shining in Minneapolis at the annual convention of the American Association of Law Libraries July 14 through 19. Donna Bausch of the Norfolk Public Law Library received one of two ...

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How things get started (access required)

Many a real estate lawyer revels in being known as just a “dirt lawyer.” In fact, they like that title as much as a kid likes playing in a mud puddle. Well, our colleagues at our sister paper in the ...

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Judge kicks soccer parents' [posteriors] (access required)

Remember the coach down in Chesapeake who sued earlier this summer because his kids’ soccer team lost a chance to go to the league finals due to an official’s error in applying certain rules? The judge bounced him out of ...

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And they call it…chicken love (access required)

That big, honkin’ 8-foot concrete chicken near Smith Mountain Lake isn’t going anywhere. The chicken’s owner, Joe Altadonna, is taking an appeal to Franklin County Circuit Court over the county zoning board’s decision to remove his statue. In the meantime, ...

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You say tomato, I say marijuana (access required)

Picture this scene of bucolic splendor. Farmer in Middlesex County is out in his fields, lovingly tending his tomato vines and otherwise communing with nature. [Cue the “Ride of the Valkyries” music from “Apocalyse Now”]. Helicopter enters the picture, the ...

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More fun this way, in this column (access required)

Here’s an item that we could have featured as a basic Lawyers in the News entry: James L. “Jay” Tompkins IV passed the bar this spring and has returned home to Carroll County, to practice with Hillsville attorney Timothy J. ...

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The dog ate my lawyer (access required)

When man bites dog, it’s news, they say. How about when dog bites lawyer? Last month, up in Philly, the feds were trying Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino on racketeering charges. The trial came to a grinding halt when one of ...

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More dispatches from the library crime bureau (access required)

You may recall last month’s item on the library book scofflaw in Minnesota. He borrowed fine literature such as Secret Obsession and A Woman of Passion then failed to return them until four of the guys in blue showed up ...

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It's a grand old flag (and you can pay to fly it) (access required)

Earlier this summer, Richmond attorney Richard Oulton went to battle with a tony subdivision in suburban Richmond over what he said was his right to erect a flagpole and fly Old Glory. A Henrico County judge, however, said that the ...

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