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Court says prosecutor has exposure to defamation claim (access required)

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A newly elected commonwealth’s attorney who allegedly maligned a former staffer at a public gathering does not have prosecutorial immunity to the staffer’s defamation claim, the Supreme Court of Virginia decided this month. The justices’ ruling revives a lawsuit against ...

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Shut down and shut out: Businesses seek insurance coverage for COVID losses (access required)

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Many businesses that shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic expected their business interruption insurance would provide some financial relief. But lawyers and insurance experts say it will be an uphill battle to obtain benefits without showing unusual circumstances. At least ...

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Virginia’s courts are preparing to reopen (access required)

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Courts across Virginia are again opening their doors for in-person hearings and trials. But officials say it will be anything but “business as usual” as courtrooms return to open proceedings. While the Supreme Court of Virginia has distributed a 16-page ...

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Discovery misstep nets $21K in sanctions (access required)

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Despite a “suspicious” omission of unfavorable medical information, a Norfolk judge refused to hobble a medical malpractice case because the plaintiff and his lawyer dragged their feet in supplementing discovery responses. The defendant hospital claimed there was a “blatant abuse ...

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