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Supreme Court clerkship program celebrates 50 years (access required)

In the beginning there were three. Clerks, that is. Fifty years ago this month, the Supreme Court of Virginia hired its first class of judicial law clerks. And that first class had three members: John Pedigo, law clerk for Justice ...

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Email was ‘disgusting’ but was not ‘obscene’ (access required)

An angry doctor’s “disgusting” emails to his ex-wife were not “obscene” under a Virginia criminal law and his conviction for harassment by computer has been overturned by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Where a Court of Appeals majority rejected a ...

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Van-fire plaintiff can cite other fires (access required)

A Waynesboro family can use evidence of other fires in Ford Windstar minivans to sue Ford Motor Company for the wrongful death of their three-year-old daughter after their minivan caught fire in their driveway. Earlier, an Albemarle County Circuit Court ...

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‘Civil death penalty’ is OK by high court (access required)

A trial court can impose a “civil death penalty” for discovery abuse, but taking away the right to cross-examine witnesses on damages was “too harsh,” the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The ruling in Nolte v. MT Technology Enterprises ...

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‘Turner’ case on lawyer testimony is remanded (access required)

A closely watched case about a lawyer who testified against his ex-client has been remanded – but not on the grounds that observers were expecting. In Turner v. Commonwealth (VLW 012-6-089), the high court said that a trial judge in ...

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New zoning cases ‘reconcilable,’ land use lawyer says (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia’s recent resolution of a zoning case by unpublished order has caused confusion both on the high court and among observers, where none is warranted. In its unpublished order in Town of Occoquan v. Elm Street ...

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Justice warns insurance case may paint courts ‘into a corner’

Insurance companies scored a win at the Supreme Court of Virginia with a coverage decision last month that could limit available insurance in some tort cases. Revisiting an earlier opinion hailed by insurers, the court stuck to its position denying ...

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