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The trials of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day.  A time to relax and reconnect with family. Ah, family. You love to see them come, and you’ll never admit how much you love to see them go. You prepare for Thanksgiving dinner as meticulously as you prepare ...

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No blue light special

The Democratic takeover of the Virginia General Assembly was the big headline from Election Day 2019. But while others were refreshing their updates on Election Night, I was watching a referendum in Southwest Virginia – a vote on whether to ...

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A Harry situation

Muggles and the wizarding world are at war. A financial war, that is. The College of William & Mary is suing the company Learn Larp LLC, claiming it owes nearly $70,000 for hosting “New World Magischola” – a four-weekend wizarding school ...

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Whisky Business

An outfit called the Scotch Whisky Association filed a heavy-handed lawsuit in Delaware federal court earlier this month. The target? An independent distillery in Lovingston, Virginia, called the Virginia Distillery Company LLC. The reason? They produce a drink called “Virginia-Highland ...

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A tale of greed and weed

Maybe it sounded like a good idea at the end of an all-night bong party out in California. Maybe it sounded like a way to get a leg up on the cannabis industry in Virginia, even though that’s not quite ...

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In search of ‘happy little trees’

Remember Bob Ross? Not the VMI quarterback from Richmond who became an NFL coach and took the San Diego Chargers to the Super Bowl after the 1994 season. That’s Bobby Ross. Bob Ross was a public television sensation for more ...

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Contempt for the dead

Who says judges don’t have a sense of humor? No one around our office. Usually the good stuff sneaks into wry footnotes in cases. And we’ve got one this week. This week’s lead story on page 1 features a family ...

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Overcoming obstables

Longtime readers of this column will know that we enjoy a good headline at Virginia Lawyers Weekly, even when it’s a bad headline. This week, we salute and send a H/T to a Canadian woman named Marci. Or as her ...

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The elements of (AP) Style

Like thousands of newspapers across America, Virginia Lawyers Weekly uses The Associated Press Stylebook as our source for rules regarding punctuation, phrasing, spelling and general usage. Note that, per AP, there is no Oxford comma after “spelling” in the preceding ...

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