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JMU officials found liable for handling ‘misconduct’ (access required)


A federal judge last month found two James Madison University officials liable for violations of the due process rights of a student suspended for five-and-a-half years after being accused of sexual misconduct. The judge concluded on summary judgment that the ...

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Hospitals gear up for fight over regulation (access required)


The 2017 General Assembly is expected to be a battleground for medical providers divided over the state’s tight regulation of medical start-ups. Some physicians say they should have the right to open a surgery center or other facility without having ...

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Lawyer fights death sentence for dog (access required)


A dog-loving attorney is making one last-ditch effort to help save the life of a dog facing a death sentence from an Albemarle County judge. Elliott Harding is representing Audrey Wells, co-owner of a Staffordshire Pit Bull named Niko. Niko ...

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Set the stage now for business development success later this year (access required)


Now that the new year is under way, there is no time like the present for lawyers to begin their 2017 business development efforts. Whether you commit to a formal personal marketing plan or not, there are a few activities ...

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Legislators propose access to statewide court records (access required)


Two state legislators say court records kept by the Virginia Supreme Court’s administrative office should be searchable on a statewide basis. Their proposals for public access seek to change the court’s current policy of allowing online searches only on a ...

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Fight over estate tops 2016’s list of ‘Largest Verdicts’ (access required)


A battle between a restaurateur’s son and a former employee in Arlington provided the top entry in Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s annual compilation of “Largest Verdicts” for 2016. In a trial that lasted nearly three weeks, the son prevailed with a ...

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‘Winner-take-all’ prenup was void (access required)


A husband cannot enforce a premarital agreement that barred spousal support and any share of marital property for his wife, a Norfolk Circuit Court said on Jan. 6. The agreement, drafted in English and sent to the pregnant woman in ...

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Morrissey faces new bar charges (access required)


The Virginia State Bar has leveled new ethics charges against Richmond area lawyer and politician Joseph D. Morrissey. The new charges follow a lengthy bar investigation that became public last year when Morrissey sought to block access to his lawyers’ ...

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Doctor sues hospital over misconduct report (access required)


A Virginia doctor says his hospital was too quick to report him to state regulators when a patient made questionable allegations of misconduct. Now, the doctor claims in a $500,000 lawsuit that he is still trying to shake the damage ...

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Encouraging good faith negotiation: Delegate floats med-mal cost-shifting rule (access required)


A Virginia legislator says the state’s medical malpractice cap can prolong litigation and force needless trials in some cases. Representatives of doctors and trial lawyers have agreed to study a possible remedy for potential action next year. Del. Greg Habeeb, ...

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