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Senate: Allow DWI at driver’s home (access required)

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In a bid to overturn a 2014 Virginia Supreme Court decision, the state Senate this month approved a proposal to allow intoxicated driving on one’s own residential property. Once thought dead, the bill sponsored by Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, ...

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VW seeks trial delay over lawyer’s comments (access required)

Volkswagen says bad publicity fomented by a Virginia lawyer justifies a six-month “cooling off period” before it faces trial in Fairfax County over dirty diesel emissions. The company wants to postpone a trial scheduled to start this month. The automaker’s ...

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Report: Virginia lawyer joins Manafort legal team (access required)

A Virginia lawyer with a Washington practice may have joined the team of attorneys advising former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. Politico reports Jay Nanavati, a former federal tax prosecutor, appears to be working with two Manafort defense attorneys. ...

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Ban on doctor noncompetes fails at Assembly (access required)

Despite a favorable change of heart by a key player, a proposal that would have banned noncompete agreements for physicians failed to clear a Senate committee by a one-vote margin last week. Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Moneta, urged the measure, saying ...

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Doucette is VACA executive director (access required)

The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys has its first full-time executive director, but he’s a familiar face representing prosecutors at the General Assembly. Michael R. Doucette – former Lynchburg commonwealth’s attorney – assumed the duties of VACA executive director last ...

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Proposal: Bankruptcy discipline effective in district court as well

Judges of the Eastern District of Virginia propose new language in their rules making it clear that a disciplinary penalty in bankruptcy court will presumptively be applied in district court as well. The proposed changes in the district court’s local ...

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Controversial FOIA bill killed by its sponsor (access required)

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A controversial proposal to declare that the state judiciary is exempt from Virginia’s open government law was killed Feb. 7 by its own sponsor, who contended his bill was misunderstood. Sen. Richard H. Stuart, R-Montross, said he believed the courts ...

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Judge stays order striking incumbent protection law (access required)

A federal judge has put a hold on his order striking down Virginia’s Incumbent Protection Act as unconstitutional. State election officials had asked for the stay while they appeal the Jan. 19 decision invalidating the law. In that decision, U.S. ...

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