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Monthly Archives: July 2007

OxyContin maker hit for $600M in fines (access required)

The manufacturer of OxyContin, one of the drug scourges of rural America, has been sentenced in Abingdon federal court to five years’ probation and monetary sanctions totaling $600 million. On July 20, U.S. District Judge James P. Jones took guilty ...

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Man exploits hole in the disorderly conduct law (access required)

Virginia Code Sect. 18.2-415, the disorderly conduct statute, is an anomaly. It excludes a finding of guilt under the statute if the conduct in question violates another criminal law. “That is the only statute that is written that way,” said ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

Colleen Haddow Pate, Darcey Geissler, Robert M. Worster III, and Elizabeth Y. McKenzie have joined Colten Cummins Watson & Vincent PC, in Fairfax, as associate attorneys. * * * Michael R. Vanderpool has received the Arthur W. Sinclair Profession-alism Award ...

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Judge to rule Thursday on civil fees

A Henrico County General District judge said today that he will rule next Thursday on the constitutionality of the civil remedial fees for abusive drivers. Anthony O. Price pleaded no contest before Judge Archer L. Yeatts III to a misdemeanor ...

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VSB committee withdraws controversial opinion

Political reality outweighs a nuanced view of legal ethics. The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics of the Virginia State Bar reached that conclusion last week in withdrawing advisory Legal Ethics Opinion 1829, which would have eliminated the bright-line guidance that ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – Texas Court Order – UCCJEA (access required)

A father who lived in North Carolina with his son for most of the period between 2002 and 2006, when a North Carolina county social services department assumed temporary and emergency, non-secure custody of the boy, and who then went ...

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Insurance – Policy Coverage – Auto Liability – 'Single Occurrence' (access required)

In this case arising from a three-car collision between plaintiffs, a family of four, an identified second driver and an unknown “John Doe” driver, the circuit court finds that plaintiffs’ injuries and claims arose from a single occurrence, and they ...

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Wills & Trusts – Family Trust – Agricultural District Withdrawal (access required)

A woman who established a living trust as a “Family Trust” of which she was the settlor, trustee and sole beneficiary during her lifetime, was not the “property owner” of that trust for purposes of determining whether trust real property ...

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