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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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Hunton & Williams expands again (access required)

Richmond-based Hunton & Williams is expanding yet again after announcing a large merger just a month ago. This time, the firm is moving into Boston, where 14 lawyers from the Manion Gaynor & Manning firm, including two name partners, will ...

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General Assembly wraps 2018 regular session (access required)

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The 2018 Virginia General Assembly regular session ended March 10 with two major issues still unresolved. No compromise was reached on Medicaid expansion and, as a result, no state budget was passed. Now, the GA will reconvene at the governor’s ...

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