A lawyer’s designation of experts who twice failed to show at trial brought a ruling that the designations violated Virginia’s good faith pleading statute. A Fairfax County judge awarded nearly $10,000 in attorney’s fees for the lawyer’s “blatant disregard” of ...Read More »
The debate continues over Virginia trial judges’ power to delay and dismiss a criminal case when a defendant’s guilt is clear. Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring says courts have the inherent power to reduce or dismiss such a charge ...Read More »
A Virginia attorney representing a victim of human trafficking earned her client an $8 million judgment in Kansas earlier this year, which is believed to be the largest single-plaintiff human trafficking award in United States history. Collecting the award, however, ...Read More »
Virginia has joined five other states that officially discourage lawyers from participating in fixed-fee programs similar to that offered for a time by Avvo Legal Services. The Avvo fixed-fee program folded this summer, but other attorney-client matching models are on ...
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In a victory for local land use regulators, the Court of Appeals of Virginia said the state ABC Board overstepped its authority when it granted a farm winery license for a less-than-two-acre site in Clifton. The decision is likely to ...Read More »
Two Virginia circuit judges have reached opposite conclusions on whether Virginia law offers a window for “small loan companies” to charge unlimited interest rates.” In what one lender’s attorneys called a decision of far-reaching importance, a Richmond judge in January ...Read More »
An African-American defendant who was convicted of drug and firearm charges may not interview the convicting jurors for signs of racial animus, despite a juror’s statement that his peer expressed racial prejudice during deliberations, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia offered guidance on several civil litigation issues while clearing a lawyer of tort exposure last month. Despite the court’s exploration of common misnomer and tolling issues, the ruling comes not in a published opinion but ...Read More »
The proposal to charge lawyers a percentage fee for cases referred to them by the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service survived a “robust” debate before winning nearly unanimous approval by the Virginia State Bar Council. A package of proposed VLRS rule ...
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A recent decision by the Court of Appeals of Virginia both rebukes a persistent litigator and affirms the power of trial judges to regulate the dress of parties who appear in their courtrooms. A disbarred Virginia lawyer with what the ...Read More »