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Study: unrepresented civil litigants lose more often (access required)

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The vast majority of litigants going through General District Court in Virginia are not represented by attorneys, according to a study conducted on behalf of Blue Ridge Legal Services. Unrepresented litigants lose the majority of General District Court cases when ...

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Federal judge: Political parties can ban disloyal members (access required)

A federal judge in Harrisonburg has ruled that political parties have the right to prevent members who break their rules from participating in party-run nomination processes. The decision came March 31, in response to a motion to dismiss a lawsuit ...

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Fee cap for state-hired outside lawyers vetoed (access required)

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Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed the General Assembly’s proposed limit on the amount the state can pay outside litigation attorneys. Senate Bill 926, introduced by Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, was presented as a money-saving measure. Northam vetoed the legislation March ...

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Two municipalities sue over opioid crisis (access required)

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Two Virginia localities are suing more than 30 pharmaceutical companies they say are responsible for opioid epidemics in their communities. The City of Alexandria and Dickenson County filed lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy benefit managers March 14. The local ...

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Contingency fee cap vetoed (access required)

Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed the General Assembly’s proposed limit on the amount the state can pay outside litigation attorneys. Senate Bill 926, introduced by Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, was presented as a money saving measure. Northam vetoed the legislation ...

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