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Coyne voted as VLW Leader of the Year (access required)


A public defender in the Winchester region for more than a decade, Timothy S. Coyne was named as the 2017 “Leader of the Year” by this year’s class of Leaders in the Law. Coyne has worked extensively to establish a ...

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Bid for attorney fees came too late, court says (access required)


An executive who successfully defended a trade secrets action and then filed to recover attorneys’ fees was too late, under a ruling this month from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court said the rules required the executive to seek ...

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Courts differ on marijuana suspension law (access required)


Some lawyers are encountering clouds of confusion about whether the state’s automatic license suspension for some first-offense marijuana offenders is still in effect. Virginia judges are said to be taking different approaches to whether the marijuana offenders must have their ...

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Four get top VSB rating for federal judgeship (access required)

VSB resp

Four candidates – two lawyers and two federal judges – have received high marks from the Virginia State Bar in their applications for an Alexandria federal judgeship. The VSB and other statewide bar associations ranked as many as 15 candidates ...

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Another 10 ways to guarantee your press release is TOAST (access required)


The venerable press release remains one of the best tools to share important news with the media. Lawyers commit news, and news outlets – newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online – always are looking for news and good stories to ...

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Wedding in Washington, marriage not valid in Va. (access required)

Marriage License

A Virginia couple that exchanged their vows on the other side of the Potomac River has learned that their marriage is invalid under Virginia law. Although the pair obtained a marriage license in Virginia, they took part in a wedding ...

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Patient’s shooting at hospital brings odd lawsuits (access required)

Emergency ER Hospital FEA

The 2016 shooting of a psychiatric patient by a Lynchburg hospital security guard has produced two lawsuits based on unusual claims, neither one targeting the guard who actually fired the shots. One lawsuit – filed Oct. 13 – complains that ...

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Blood test ruling supports mother’s manslaughter conviction (access required)

In a decision welcomed by Virginia prosecutors, a panel of the state Court of Appeals has affirmed the DUI manslaughter conviction of a mother who caused a 2014 accident that killed her six-year-old son. The court said exigent circumstances allowed ...

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