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Assembly to consider limited ‘tort reform’ (access required)


Two proposals supported by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce at the General Assembly could offer comfort for businesses involved in litigation – without drawing fire from trial lawyers. One plan would allow summary judgment in business disputes in Virginia courts ...

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New bills would end phone app use while driving (access required)


Despite numerous bills being introduced on the topic a year ago, it is currently still legal to use cell phone apps while driving in Virginia. While it is currently illegal to text or email while driving, legislators and safety advocates ...

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Whistleblower pleading standard clarified by court (access required)

4tth Circuit Seal FEA

Direct evidence of government payment and receipt of fraudulent services must be alleged at the pleading stage for a qui tam action to survive a motion to dismiss, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Despite this, a ...

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A ‘progressive’ wave? (access required)


At least three elected prosecutors in Northern Virginia this year are facing opponents promising new approaches to criminal law. Contests are underway in Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties, while observers watch to see what happens in Prince William County, where ...

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‘Influential Women of Law’ for 2019 named


Virginia Lawyers Media, the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, has announced the inaugural class of “Influential Women of Law.” This new awards program honors women attorneys and judges for their excellent work on behalf of their clients, their commitment to ...

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The top intellectual property stories of 2018 (access required)

Intellectual Property Magnifying Glass FEA

As is the custom this time of year, here are the top intellectual property stories, including cases, of the past year: More than a feeling The 1st Circuit case of Scholz v. Goudreau doesn’t have much to do with IP. ...

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