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Failure To Nonsuit Prompts Sanctions (access required)

A lawyer who neglected to take a nonsuit for more than one year after acknowledging that he had sued the wrong defendant must pay $1,382 in attorneys’ fees, a Rockingham circuit judge has ruled. In July 2002, the plaintiff’s lawyer ...

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Lawyer Sues JIRC Over FOIA Dispute (access required)

A Norfolk lawyer is suing the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission, claiming that the JIRC has violated the Virginia Freedom of Information Act by refusing to provide an advisory opinion the commission may have issued to a Norfolk circuit judge. ...

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Carriers Settle After Dec Actions Fall Short (access required)

A car-crash plaintiff settled her case for $3.4 million after beating back two declaratory-judgment actions filed by the defendants’ insurance carriers. In the first action, a federal judge ruled that an exclusion to coverage violated the state’s Omnibus Clause, Virginia ...

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Law Firm Sues For Unpaid Fees (access required)

An arbitrator has awarded $769,124, including $100,000 in punitive damages, to a law firm that sued its former client for unpaid legal fees. The former client hired the firm to defend her in a suit brought by her previous employer. ...

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