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I have installed Sharepoint Foundation 2010 and configured a Shared Document Library to support versioning and approval.

Now I would like to disable the possibility for a user to check out a document, if there is already document with approval status Pending.

Is it possible? Do I need to develop a custom web part?

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You can build a custom SPItemEventReceiver to trap the ItemCheckingOut event, perform your check and cancel the operation (and event display a message to the user) if the approval status column is "Pending".

Here is a walkthrough: Developing an Event Receiver for a Document Library

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