?Virginian-Pilot? Wins Legal Ad Dispute With ?The Wall Street Journal?

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By: Mark Fitzgerald

Virginia’s Supreme Court Thursday tossed out a lower court ruling that allowed the The Wall Street Journal to solicit local legal notices in the commonwealth.

With its opinion, the court struck down a ruling by a circuit court judge last year that the Journal could bid for legal notices in Virginia localities. That decision was appealed by The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, which contended the circuit court had no jurisdiction in the matter.

Thursday the Supreme Court agreed, saying the state’s General Assembly had not given circuit courts authority to rule in matters of legal notices. It also rejected the Journal’s argument that the Virginian-Pilot had no standing to intervene in the case.

The Journal had argued that it met all the criteria required for carrying legal notices in Virginia.(Read the opinion here at file 091659.)

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