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Toppling a giant (access required)

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A 36-year-old Richmond lawyer – working out of a county-seat office in the Piedmont hills – is doing network interviews and accepting congratulations from big-time tort lawyers for a stunning $289 million product liability verdict this month in a California ...

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The microaggression of document redlining (access required)

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As a group, lawyers are probably less disturbed by microaggressions than the population at large. We spend most of our days dealing with macroaggressions. We can’t waste too much time sweating the small stuff. That being said, there’s one legal ...

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Overnight stay won’t support common law marriage (access required)

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A “husband” whose nine-year marriage was negated because the couple’s Washington wedding was at odds with their Virginia paperwork cannot save the union by labeling it a common law marriage under D.C. law. The Court of Appeals of Virginia ruled ...

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‘On life support’ (access required)

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Despite opposition from about a dozen participating lawyers, leaders of the oversight panel for the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service say they plan to move ahead with a proposal to charge a percentage of lawyers’ fees on referred cases. Some lawyers ...

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School attorneys raise concerns about lay advocates (access required)

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Two Virginia federal judges are wrestling with the status of unlicensed advocates in special education cases, an issue that has raised concerns for school representatives and the Virginia State Bar. One judge declared that a lay advocate is not entitled ...

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Bitter on Twitter (access required)

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The Roanoke Times is asking a judge to force former Times sports reporter Andy Bitter to give up his use of a Twitter account. The owner of the paper has sued in Roanoke federal court claiming it is the rightful ...

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