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 ...Read More »
Legislation aimed at preventing large-scale attorney defalcation has been recommended by a Virginia State Bar task force. The payee notification bill approved in April by the VSB Payee Notification Task Force would have insurance companies notify personal injury claimants when ...Read More »
A Northern Virginia lawmaker says the announcement that Virginia Beach Circuit Judge Patricia West will join the staff of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli pulls back the shade from a mysterious budget amendment offered by Gov. Bob McDonnell. During the final ...Read More »
Hand gestures by a plaintiff’s lawyer in closing argument led to a Richmond judge’s decision to overturn a verdict worth more than $12 million. U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne said courtroom security video helped him decide that a trial ...Read More »
Court-appointed criminal lawyers in Virginia are feeling a new pinch – the Supreme Court will no longer pay for printing services for their appeal petitions. The change coming next month apparently is designed to save money – the court already ...
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The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider a case involving a judge’s discretion in taking a DWI charge under advisement and substituting a different charge in the ultimate finding of guilt. The underlying criminal case in Kelley v. ...Read More »
The 2010 Charlottesville trial that led to a record wrongful death verdict and the apparent retirement of a prominent personal injury lawyer will be scrutinized by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court has granted appeals sought by both sides ...Read More »