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Tennessee consultant subject to jurisdiction in Virginia (access required)

A Tennessee consultant’s motion to dismiss in a breach of contract case has been denied by the Western District of Virginia. The federal court ruled it had personal jurisdiction because the consultant and a Virginia company had previously agreed to ...

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Romantic restrictions provisions void (access required)

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A Virginia circuit court has ruled that provisions in a property settlement agreement, or PSA, which regulated introduction of the parties’ romantic partners to their child were unconstitutionally vague, void as against public policy and unenforceable. Judge David Bernhard of ...

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Student’s defamation claims vs. university survive dismissal (access required)

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A student’s claims that administrators of a Virginia university defamed him during his dismissal from the school’s physician assistant program due to patient safety concerns have survived dismissal. Judge Thomas T. Cullen of the Western District of Virginia wrote that ...

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Richmond nonprofit honors 2 attorneys with alumni award (access required)

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A Richmond-based nonprofit honored two attorneys, including an Arlington corporate counsel attorney, with its annual alumni award earlier this summer. The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, or LCLD, awarded its 8th annual Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award to Patrick Fang ...

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Absence of prejudice: Conviction secured by unlicensed prosecutor OK (access required)

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In a case of first impression, a Virginia circuit court has upheld a felony conviction secured by a prosecutor who was unlicensed during the trial. After reviewing similar decisions from other jurisdictions, Judge David A. Oblon of the Fairfax County ...

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Accident with personal vehicle fell outside policy (access required)

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A federal court has granted an insurance company’s motion for summary judgment after determining that an accident involving a company employee using her personal vehicle for business purposes was not covered by the company’s insurance policy. The insurance company filed ...

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2022 Legal Food Frenzy winners honored (access required)

This spring, Virginia’s legal community renewed its commitment to addressing hunger and food insecurity in the commonwealth, with 142 law offices and legal departments participating in the 16th annual Legal Food Frenzy. Created as a partnership between the Attorney General’s ...

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Important Opinions: A recap for January-June 2022 (access required)

Below, Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents a compilation of the Most Important Opinions from January to June 2022. You’ll find more than 100 cases highlighted. “Important Opinions” appear in the paper each week and on our website. These are the cases ...

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The top stories of 2022… so far (access required)

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After the expiration of the Virginia Supreme Court’s 40th emergency COVID order, the commonwealth has steadily been returning to in-person hearings and trials. And the Supreme of Virginia and Court of Appeals – which now provide for civil appeals by ...

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