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Assembly expands sanctions for spoliation (access required)

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Penalties for missing evidence could become more common in Virginia courts. Legislation now awaiting approval by Gov. Ralph Northam would allow juries to infer that missing evidence is unfavorable if a party handled the evidence in a “reckless” manner. In ...

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Bill closes ‘malpractice trap’ in contract actions (access required)

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Legislation approved by the General Assembly should close a little-noticed gap in the statutes that set out Virginia’s limitations periods for contract actions. The well-understood general rule for Virginia contract actions is that the deadline is five years for a ...

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A parent’s nightmare (access required)

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A Shenandoah County couple says they were encouraged to adopt a child by social services employees who suppressed a report that the child had committed sexual battery of another child. The couple is suing employees of the Shenandoah County Department ...

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Bills addressing high eviction rates pass Assembly (access required)

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A 2018 Princeton University study found that cities in Virginia have some of the highest eviction rates in the country. In fact, half of the cities covered in the study were in the Old Dominion. A diverse group of stakeholders, ...

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Numerous prosecutors are seeking judgeships (access required)

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Eight Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys were among the 63 candidates interviewed for vacant Virginia trial court judgeships that could be filled in the current General Assembly session. Another five of the prospective judges are working as prosecutors. But would-be judges come ...

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Four interview for Supreme Court opening (access required)

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Delegates and senators questioned four prospects for a September vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia this month, and other candidates could emerge as the General Assembly session continues. Two of the candidates interviewed Feb. 6 professed to being “strict ...

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Summary judgment bill survives Senate challenge (access required)

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One part of a limited tort reform package narrowly made it out of the state Senate last month despite concerns about higher litigation costs in business disputes. But the limited tort reform measures now appear to be on their way ...

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