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Group says James is halfway healthy, but development a threat (access required)

ROANOKE—The James River is halfway to the goal of becoming a healthy river, according to a report released last Monday, but development pressures could threaten its future by increasing pollution from runoff. The nonprofit James River Association’s report assessed water ...

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Group adds JMU to suit cuts in athletic teams (access required)

HARRISONBURG—A sports advocacy group has added James Madison University and its officials to a lawsuit to stop the school from cutting athletic teams in order to comply with federal law demanding equality in male and female sports. Equity in Athletics ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On March 16, 2007, the Virginia State Bar’s Ninth District Committee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Danville lawyer Tonja M. Roberts for failing to diligently pursue a personal injury case and to keep her client reasonably informed about ...

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Contract – Storage Facility – Rental Agreement – Liability Limit (access required)

A storage facility wins partial summary judgment limiting its liability for selling a woman’s stored goods – which she valued at $70,000 – to $5,000 under the exculpatory clause in the parties’ rental agreement. The plaintiff rented space in a ...

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Criminal – Sexually Violent Predators Act – RRASOR Score (access required)

A circuit court erred in dismissing an inmate’s motion to dismiss proceedings against him under the Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators Act, Va. Code Sects. 37.2-900 through -920, based on the inmate’s claim that his score on a test ...

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Injury from unsecured ladderproduces $197K arbitration award (access required)

The plaintiff was injured when an unsecured ladder fell in a back room of a Food Lion grocery store, striking her on the head, neck and shoulder, while she was delivering bread to the store. She did not immediately seek ...

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Duke lacrosse case prosecutor surrenders license

It was a few hours after a disciplinary panel of the North Carolina State Bar found that Mike Nifong, the Durham district attorney handling the Duke lacrosse team rape case, had withheld crucial evidence from the defendants and that engaged ...

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Mandatory malpractice insurance debate resumes

The Virginia State Bar Council has agreed to conduct a thorough discussion at its Oct. 19 meeting on whether the VSB should require that all lawyers who represent the public carry malpractice insurance. Darrel Tillar Mason, the chairman of a ...

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$54M pants trial concludes in DC

The trial of the $54 million pants suit in DC came to an end on Wednesday, and the presiding judge said she will issue a ruling next week. This case involves an administrative law judge, Roy Pearson, who took a ...

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