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Discovery abuse case settled

A federal wrongful termination case noted in today’s Virginia Lawyers Weekly has been settled on undisclosed terms. The case of Spicer v. Universal Forest Products, Eastern Division, Inc. (VLW 008-3-430) featured a stinging opinion from Magistrate Judge Michael F. Urbanski ...

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Jury rejects claim against alarm company

A Roanoke federal jury Thursday returned a defense verdict for an alarm company sued over a tragic communications breakdown. A Franklin County man who cared for his disabled son at his home ordered an alarm system from Lifeline Systems.  The ...

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Hiring freeze likely for courts

“In the very near future, we will have a hiring freeze,” Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. told the Committee on District Courts today. He said the court system is reviewing all discretionary spending and already has implemented a delayed ...

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More state government cuts to come

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine offered no silver lining for the state’s financial woes as he met with reporters at the Blue Ridge Parkway today.  The budget cuts announced this week address a $1 billion shortfall for 2009.  Kaine says the ...

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Point and click here

Fastcase’s Authority Check versus LexisNexis Shepard’s Citation Service? Is it even fair to compare the two? These questions dominated discussion today at a meeting of the Virginia State Bar Task Force on On-Line Legal Research. Chaired by VSB president-elect Jon ...

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