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High court reinstates full verdict in ‘Lester’ (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reinstated the full jury verdict of $6,227,000 on Isaiah Lester’s wrongful death claim based on the loss of his wife in a car accident in 2007. The court’s ruling closes the book on a ...

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Justices uphold Fairfax man’s death sentence

(AP) — The  Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a Fairfax County death row inmate’s convictions and sentence. The justices on Thursday unanimously rejected several claims raised by Mark E. Lawlor. He was sentenced to death for the 2008 sexual assault ...

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Supreme Court hears lawyer-blogger’s appeal (access required)

Lawyer-blogger Horace Hunter faced the Supreme Court of Virginia Jan. 8 in the appeal of his disciplinary case, and he said anything he wrote about his clients’ cases is absolutely protected by the First Amendment. First Amendment scholar Rodney Smolla ...

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Waiving in: Supreme Court floats new rules on admission of out-of-state lawyers (access required)

Debate continues in Virginia legal circles over how the state should regulate lawyers who “waive in” to Virginia practice without taking the bar exam. Lawyers who take another state’s bar exam can gain admission to the Virginia State Bar “on ...

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Litigation pitfalls and pratfalls (access required)

Lawyers can find plenty of ways to stay out of a courtroom. Instead of the hand-to-hand combat of a trial before judge or jury, they can opt for some form of alternative dispute resolution. But the lure of the courtroom ...

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Website must identify ‘John Doe’ posters (access required)

An Alexandria Circuit Court says a Virginia carpet cleaning business may subpoena information on persons who posted anonymous complaints about the business on Yelp.com, a California-based social networking site. The court said it would enforce a subpoena served by the ...

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Contract case tests birth-injury coverage (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider whether a medical malpractice insurance policy covers a doctor’s failure to participate in the Virginia birth injury fund as promised to the mother. The coverage dispute arises out of an emotionally ...

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