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Senate proposal: Ban doctor noncompetes (access required)

A proposal to outlaw noncompete agreements for physicians is alive at the Virginia General Assembly, although perhaps not for long. The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee approved the idea on an 8-5 vote after hearing Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Moneta, argue ...

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Criminal discovery reform…again (access required)

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The latest study of Virginia criminal discovery rules produced a fresh report just in time to forestall a legislative rewrite effort this month. Once again, a multi-discipline group is recommending defense access to police reports. The next move is up ...

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Va. lawyer gets 9th Circuit win in auto class action (access required)

Lynchburg attorney James B. Feinman scored a win in an ongoing bid to force state-by-state settlement terms in a national class action over exaggerated Hyundai mileage claims. Feinman represents Virginia owners of Hyundai Elantras advertised as getting 40 mpg. The ...

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Senator balks at judgeship list (access required)

Protesting what he called a “flawed process,” state Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Hot Springs, railed against a revised allocation plan for Virginia trial court judgeships before a Senate committee Jan. 24. Based on a 2017 weighted caseload study, the state court ...

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Applications sought for Conrad’s seat

Virginia’s two U.S. senators and state bar groups are seeking applications for a judgeship at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The open seat is that of Judge Glen E. Conrad of Roanoke, who declared senior ...

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SW Virginia judge with good reviews bounced (access required)

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A Southwest Virginia circuit judge has apparently lost his seat on the bench despite the endorsement of his local bar, a clean performance survey and no public opposition at the General Assembly. The action illustrates the endurance of the Assembly’s ...

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LEO would address lawyer’s duties for no-show parent

A lawyer appointed to represent a parent losing his or her parental rights might not have to appeal or stay on the case if the parent drops out of sight, according to a proposal from the Virginia State Bar’s ethics ...

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Plaintiff wins access to nursing home training materials (access required)

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Another judge has allowed a medical malpractice plaintiff to examine health care training materials over the objection of a defendant nursing home. Gloucester County Circuit Judge Designate William H. Shaw III – a retired Middle Neck judge – allowed discovery ...

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Lawmakers offer varied court data access plans (access required)

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The 2018 General Assembly could produce a blueprint for giving lawyers, and the general public, unprecedented access to state court case records. A court decision seen as a setback for open government has spawned at least five proposals to allow ...

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