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Hands-free driving law dies in conference committee (access required)


Attempts to tighten regulation of cell phone use while driving in Virginia failed to pass the General Assembly this year. The Virginia Senate approved a broad prohibition on holding a phone while driving earlier in the session, amending a House ...

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Spoliation issue splits GOP (access required)

A debate over how courts should deal with missing evidence managed to divide the General Assembly – not by political party – but by alliance with the plaintiff or defense side of civil litigation. The defense carried the day as ...

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Legislators interview judges, wait on money (access required)


With final judgeship spending still up in the air, Virginia lawmakers interviewed more judicial candidates than they had official openings as the 2018 General Assembly session neared an end. Twenty-one candidates exchanged pleasantries with senators and delegates Feb. 23, but ...

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‘Fatal error’ costs prosecutor’s job (access required)

A procedural misstep by a seasoned prosecutor torpedoed the case against a murder defendant and cost the prosecutor his job. Virginia Beach Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Vachris moved to nolle prosequi a murder case on the second day of ...

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A fine of $250K (access required)


In a case watched by numerous bankruptcy lawyers, a Virginia judge has fined a national bankruptcy firm $250,000 and revoked its privileges to practice in the Western District for five years. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paul M. Black also fined two ...

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County board urges keeping Judge Vanover (access required)

The Dickenson County Board of Supervisors is urging the General Assembly to reconsider its decision not to re-elect Circuit Judge Henry Vanover. In a resolution passed Feb. 27, the board said it “vehemently” disagreed with the Assembly’s action not to ...

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Hancock Daniel adds lawyers, shortens name (access required)

Health care law firm Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle is rebranding as Hancock Daniel as it acquires a New York firm to expand its footprint. The Richmond-based firm has joined forces with Centolella Green Law, a boutique health care, tax ...

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DC lawyer keeps active license while in Virginia prison (access required)

Jail Cell Bars Prison FEA

Inmates file lawsuits all the time, sometimes attacking their convictions, sometimes complaining about prison conditions. Some are pretty good jailhouse lawyers. But a Virginia federal judge expressed surprise this month when he realized that the inmate plaintiff in a civil ...

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