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McDonnell names three as circuit judges

Governor Bob McDonnell has appointed judges to fill three of six vacant circuit court positions that were not filled by the 2013 General Assembly. Thursday, McDonnell announced the appointments of Suffolk assistant commonwealth’s attorney Robert H. Sandwich Jr. in the ...

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Beer cans kept out of big-rig case

Beer containers in the cab of a tractor-trailer could be kept out of evidence at a lawsuit that arose from a collision involving three commercial trucks and a Hyundai sedan, a federal appellate court has ruled. The beer containers were ...

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Carrier faulted for clumsy wording

It was a close call for an insurance company that wanted a plaintiff’s case heard in federal court. Nobody doubted that Selective Way Insurance Company was a citizen of New Jersey entitled to remove a suit filed by DBS Inc. ...

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Pistol permit privacy is retroactive, AG says

A new privacy law to protect the identities of Virginians seeking concealed handgun permits covers past applicants as well as new applicants, according to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Circuit court clerks, who maintain records of CHPs in Virginia, must “withhold ...

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