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Assembly names new judges (access required)

The General Assembly elected five new trial court judges and a new workers’ compensation commissioner Wednesday. More new judges are expected to be named next month. Those elected just a week into the Assembly session, among the ranks of reappointed ...

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Legislators propose access to statewide court records (access required)


Two state legislators say court records kept by the Virginia Supreme Court’s administrative office should be searchable on a statewide basis. Their proposals for public access seek to change the court’s current policy of allowing online searches only on a ...

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Sub judge change nixed at Assembly (access required)

A proposal to have general district judges choose the substitute judges who serve in their courts has been tabled by a General Assembly subcommittee. The move leaves substitute judge appointment authority with chief judges of the circuit courts. Virginia Beach ...

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Morrissey faces new bar charges (access required)


The Virginia State Bar has leveled new ethics charges against Richmond area lawyer and politician Joseph D. Morrissey. The new charges follow a lengthy bar investigation that became public last year when Morrissey sought to block access to his lawyers’ ...

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Virginia Beach lawyer gets 4-year suspension (access required)

A long-time Virginia Beach attorney is closing his office as part of an agreement for a four-year law license suspension. Andrew I. Becker, a collections attorney licensed since 1989, was found in criminal contempt of court in 2013 for attempting ...

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Doctor sues hospital over misconduct report (access required)


A Virginia doctor says his hospital was too quick to report him to state regulators when a patient made questionable allegations of misconduct. Now, the doctor claims in a $500,000 lawsuit that he is still trying to shake the damage ...

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Encouraging good faith negotiation: Delegate floats med-mal cost-shifting rule (access required)


A Virginia legislator says the state’s medical malpractice cap can prolong litigation and force needless trials in some cases. Representatives of doctors and trial lawyers have agreed to study a possible remedy for potential action next year. Del. Greg Habeeb, ...

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Four judicial candidates to be interviewed (access required)

Virginia legislators will interview four candidates for four trial judge vacancies on the opening day of the General Assembly this week. The candidates apparently have the backing of their legislative delegations for the open bench seats. “We will sometimes put ...

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Five vie for Comp Commission seat (access required)

Five attorneys are being interviewed this week for a seat on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. The lawyers hope to succeed the late Roger L. Williams, an employer representative on the three-member Commission. Williams died Oct. 11. The candidates scheduled ...

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Hospital settles case amid spoliation dispute (access required)


A Virginia hospital agreed to pay $1.75 million to resolve claims that it failed to take proper precautions to prevent a patient’s fall. The patient reportedly suffered tetraplegia and traumatic brain injury, incurring millions in current and future medical bills, ...

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