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Where have all the good cases gone?

Four weeks and counting. That’s how long it has been since the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has delivered an opinion that it deemed worthy of publication. Granted, the Richmond-based federal appellate court is known for being stingier with ...

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Getting Along (access required)

Maybe you’ve seen this scenario at a law firm (maybe yours): The new associate has joined the firm at full steam, acting as if she’s entitled to choose her own hours and take on the full responsibility of a case. ...

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VSB sinks mandatory insurance (access required)

STAUNTON—After wrestling with the issue of mandatory legal malpractice insurance for more than two years, the Virginia State Bar Council rejected the concept by a 60-11 vote. The vote at the council meeting on Oct. 17 at the Stonewall Jackson ...

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Despite changes in law, loan ‘auditors’ flourish (access required)

While new legislation passed in January has cut into the rate of mortgage foreclosure “rescue” scams in most of Virginia, a new variation of homeowner rip-off appears to be thriving in Northern Virginia. A legal aid lawyer in Fairfax says ...

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Globe-trotting father can’t halt son’s move (access required)

A father whose work for a defense contractor takes him all over the world has lost his bid to keep his 5-year-old son in Roanoke. Roanoke Circuit Judge Clifford R. Weckstein rejected the recommendation of the guardian ad litem and ...

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Chief Justice will forgo raise, leaves question for others (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. says he will forgo the 2 percent raise the General Assembly has approved for judges but will leave it to the conscience of his judicial colleagues as to whether they will do the ...

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Bloggers dodge lawsuit (access required)

Two Christiansburg bloggers hit with a $10 million lawsuit by a local businessman may face another round in court after their initial victory this month. Meanwhile, the increasing numbers of such lawsuits has led a national organization to launch a ...

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Vote absentee…if you have a good excuse (access required)

(AP) Ever considered voting absentee? State and local election officials in Virginia wish you would. With an unprecedented tsunami of energized voters expected to flood the polls in an emotional, historic election, absentee voting could help you avoid the hassle ...

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