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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Ex-lawyer Conrad pleads guilty to fraud (access required)

ALEXANDRIA—A disbarred Woodbridge attorney has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud count related to what prosecutors say was the theft of more than $3.5 million from his clients. Stephen T. Conrad, 40, worked on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. ...

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New Kent judge rejects assessments attack tactic (access required)

A second Virginia circuit judge has rejected an effort by property owners upset with their assessments to use a little-known Virginia law to draft their commonwealth’s attorneys to press their case. Property owners had filed petitions with commonwealth’s attorney C. ...

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Search & Seizure – Affidavit – Informant Reliability – Good Faith Exception (access required)

Although defendant contends a search warrant affidavit did not establish probable cause because it did not demonstrate the reliability of a confidential informant, a Roanoke U.S. District Court denies the motion to suppress drug evidence under the Leon good faith ...

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Employment – ERISA – Long-Term Disability – Conflict Of Interest (access required)

Citing a new ERISA case from the U.S. Supreme Court, a Big Stone Gap U.S. District Court reverses a carrier’s denial of long-term disability benefits to a 55-year-old coal miner who suffered from knee and shoulder impairments and depression from ...

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Employment Discrimination – Age – Patent Examiner Supervisor (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to the U.S. Patent Office in this suit filed by a patent examiner who alleges he was not deemed promotion-eligible as a supervisory patent examiner because of age discrimination by defendants. Plaintiff ...

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Criminal – Federal Death Penalty Act – Constitutional Challenge (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court upholds the Federal Death Penalty Act against a broad-based constitutional challenge by a defendant charged with retaliation against an informant resulting in murder, who is eligible for the death penalty. Defendant advances a number of ...

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Verdict exceeds coverage; plaintiff to pursue assets – $450,000 Settlement (access required)

At approximately 5 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2007, plaintiff Mills and defendant Bartz were traveling in opposite directions on Rt. 208 in Spotsylvania County. As the two vehicles approached the intersection with Millgarden Dr. (Rt. 1199), the traffic lights for ...

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VLF seeks nominations for Fellows class of 2009 (access required)

The Virginia Law Foundation will accept nominations to the 2009 Class of Fellows through Sept. 8. The 2009 class will be inducted at a dinner meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge & Convention Center during the Virginia Bar Association’s Annual Meeting ...

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