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Disbarred lawyer seeks reinstatement (access required)

A Richmond educator who surrendered her law license 15 years ago in the face of financial lapses in her real estate practice is asking to practice again. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the reinstatement petition of Ann ...

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Hingeley to run for Albemarle commonwealth’s attorney (access required)

Former public defender Jim Hingeley says he is running for Albemarle County commonwealth’s attorney. Hingeley will challenge Republican incumbent Robert Tracci, who was elected in 2015, according to WCAV. Hingeley started the Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Defender Office and served as the ...

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Assembly to consider limited ‘tort reform’ (access required)

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Two proposals supported by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce at the General Assembly could offer comfort for businesses involved in litigation – without drawing fire from trial lawyers. One plan would allow summary judgment in business disputes in Virginia courts ...

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Newly elected prosecutor to face quick challenge (access required)

Chesterfield County’s groundbreaking election of Democrat Scott Miles as commonwealth’s attorney last fall has sparked a Republican effort to unseat Miles in this fall’s general election. Henrico County assistant prosecutor Stacey T. Davenport has announced she is running for the ...

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Filing history could be grounds for sanctions (access required)

A litigant’s history of filing frivolous pleadings in other courts could be considered in a sanctions motion if a General Assembly proposal is adopted. A House Courts subcommittee voted 6-2 this month to recommend reporting House Bill 1624. The bill ...

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Judge allows friend-of-court brief in tree-sitters case (access required)

A federal judge says a friend-of-the-court brief could be helpful in deciding whether to evict two tree-sitters trying to block a natural gas pipeline project in Western Virginia. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon credited the contention of two advocates in the ...

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A ‘progressive’ wave? (access required)

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At least three elected prosecutors in Northern Virginia this year are facing opponents promising new approaches to criminal law. Contests are underway in Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties, while observers watch to see what happens in Prince William County, where ...

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