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Pot license suspension reform now in effect (access required)

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Ending weeks of confusion among judges about whether they had the option to allow many marijuana-possession defendants to avoid driver’s license suspensions, Virginia officials have announced that a 2017 legislative reform package is now in effect. Legislators sought to eliminate ...

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Let no man put asunder… (access required)

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A hard-fought battle over the technicalities of getting married in Virginia has been resolved with a narrow judicial preference for the validity of marriage over formulaic procedure. The backyard wedding of Richard Levick and Deborah MacDougall in 2002 – with ...

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Supreme Court won’t disturb findings of commissioner of accounts (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved distribution of a decedent’s half-million-dollar estate based on a determination by a commissioner of accounts acting without referral from a circuit court judge. The decision stops short of confirming the authority of commissioners ...

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Carriers have no pre-trial duty to settle (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has resolved a long-simmering split among circuit courts on whether auto accident victims can insist on a good faith settlement offer from their own insurance companies when a wrongdoer cannot cover the damages. Insurance companies ...

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Mediated ‘Term Sheet’ was a binding contract (access required)

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Lawyers and their clients wrap up a marathon mediation session with a seasoned professional mediator in a multi-million dollar case. After 12 hours at the table with retired circuit judge Arthur Vieregg, the lawyers draw up a six-paragraph “Term Sheet” ...

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Justices offer few answers for vexed trial lawyers (access required)

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – A Virginia Supreme Court panel offered only marginal comfort last month for frustrated trial lawyers hoping to reverse a trend of unfavorable rulings in product liability cases. At the annual convention of the Virginia Trial ...

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