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Discovery misstep nets $21K in sanctions (access required)


Despite a “suspicious” omission of unfavorable medical information, a Norfolk judge refused to hobble a medical malpractice case because the plaintiff and his lawyer dragged their feet in supplementing discovery responses. The defendant hospital claimed there was a “blatant abuse ...

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Bar to require email address for every lawyer (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved a rule change to require an email “address of record” for every Virginia lawyer. The change is among a package of rule amendments recommended without dissent by the Virginia State Bar Council in ...

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Judge not disqualified despite paying parking fees to lawyer (access required)

A routine $25 monthly parking charge should not automatically bar a judge from hearing cases involving a lawyer who co-owns the parking space, the Supreme Court of Virginia says. When the Virginia Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee split on whether rental ...

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Supreme Court clarifies speedy trial status (access required)

As Virginia trial judges sought the correct approach to virus-related speedy trial issues for criminal defendants, the Supreme Court of Virginia added an extra bit of guidance on May 1. The court made it clear the court’s emergency orders toll ...

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Lawyers find ways to connect while staying apart (access required)


What started out as a simple email chain has become a way for lawyers to connect during a time where people are urged to stay apart. Founded in 2009, the ListServ of Small and Solo Law firms in the Greater ...

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Judge: Infant settlement terms must be public (access required)


Litigants settling a child’s medical malpractice claim cannot keep the terms secret under Virginia law that requires a judge’s approval of the compromise, a circuit judge has ruled. The decision underscores transparency principles established in a 2008 Virginia Supreme Court ...

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Firms thank health care providers, first responders


Bad news sells. This rings true during the best of times and seems particularly prevalent in the worst. Some psychologists believe it’s because human beings have an inherent negativity bias; others say bad news is simply more interesting than good. ...

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