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Tag Archives: Sen. Scott Surovell

Special powers: Lawyer-legislators pick judges, can stop cases with privilege (access required)

Virginia lawyers who serve in the General Assembly enjoy outsized powers and privileges in their interactions with the judges who rule on their cases. But any regulation would be impractical, many of them say. In Virginia, lawyer-legislators can have a ...

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Mandatory minimum bills advance

(AP) Lawmakers in both chambers of the General Assembly advanced criminal justice reform measures that would eliminate mandatory minimums in favor of allowing judges more sentencing discretion. Senate Bill 1443, introduced by Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, narrowly passed Feb. 5 ...

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Va. Senate paves way for class actions in state courts (access required)

Virginians would be able to try class action lawsuits at the state level under a bill passed by the Virginia Senate this month. Senate Bill 1180, introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax County, would amend Virginia Code § 8.01-267.1 to ...

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Trial bar scores three: Reforms would change Virginia auto liability picture (access required)

Trial lawyers scored early wins on three General Assembly proposals to change the rules for auto insurance in Virginia. Under measures advanced in the Senate, minimum coverage limits would double from $25,000 to $50,000, underinsured coverage would stack instead of ...

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