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State challenges ruling striking incumbent protection law (access required)

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Virginia election officials are asking a federal judge to put a hold on his recent ruling striking Virginia’s “Incumbent Protection Act.” The law allows certain incumbent legislators to decide how their party’s nominee will be selected, regardless of the party’s ...

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Bill on plea deals nixing expungement moves forward (access required)

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Prosecutors could no longer cut a plea deal requiring a defendant to forego expungement of charges, under a bill passed by the Senate Feb. 1. Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, sponsored Senate Bill 608. He said he proposed the legislation to ...

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Sanctions hurdle removed for discovery stonewall (access required)

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Accusations of discovery lapses may be common in civil litigation, but what does a lawyer do when his opponent simply ignores routine discovery requests? While attorneys agree it’s rare for a litigant to make no response whatsoever to standard written ...

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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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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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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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Medical malpractice suit tops ‘Largest Verdicts’ (access required)

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A verdict handed down by a Fairfax jury in a medical malpractice suit tops the list in Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s compilation of “Largest Verdicts” for 2017. When a 55-year-old woman died from complications after a balloon used during a noninvasive surgery ...

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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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