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Let no man put asunder… (access required)

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A hard-fought battle over the technicalities of getting married in Virginia has been resolved with a narrow judicial preference for the validity of marriage over formulaic procedure. The backyard wedding of Richard Levick and Deborah MacDougall in 2002 – with ...

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Infringement, fraud verdict of $79M upheld (access required)

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In a fraud and copyright infringement case involving competing computer software companies, a Carolina-based judge’s ruling trumps a decision made across the pond, according to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The SAS Institute Inc., which is headquartered in ...

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Supreme Court won’t disturb findings of commissioner of accounts (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved distribution of a decedent’s half-million-dollar estate based on a determination by a commissioner of accounts acting without referral from a circuit court judge. The decision stops short of confirming the authority of commissioners ...

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Many more lawyers using cloud computing (access required)

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Cloud computing, where data is stored offsite on servers owned by third parties and accessed via an internet connection—has been around for more than a decade now. At first, lawyers were slow to adopt to the concept even though it ...

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4th Circuit: ‘Peace Cross’ violates Constitution (access required)

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BALTIMORE—A 40-foot tall cross erected as a World War I memorial on state-owned land in Bladens­burg, Maryland, violates the con­stitutional separation of church and state, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 18. “The monument has the primary ...

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VSB: Avvo flat-fee service unethical (access required)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia State Bar leaders say lawyer-client matching services that advertise limited legal services for fixed rates and charge marketing fees to participating lawyers violate Virginia’s legal ethics rules. The VSB Council recommended that Virginia join five other states ...

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