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Ex-lawyer is sentenced in mortgage ‘rescue’ scam (access required)

A former Chester real estate lawyer was sentenced last week to two years in prison for his participation in a mortgage “rescue” program that scammed homeowners out of the equity in their homes. Colin C. Connelly, 52, of Hopewell also ...

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Civil Procedure – Jurisdiction – Domestic Matter (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court agrees with defendant social services department that this federal court has no subject matter jurisdiction over a man’s suit alleging defendant unlawfully removed the man’s son from the home of his mother and placed him ...

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Claim for distress won’t waive therapist privilege (access required)

A plaintiff who files a personal injury claim for emotional distress and mental anguish does not necessarily waive the psychotherapist-client privilege, a federal magistrate judge in Richmond has ruled. The decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck appears to ...

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Hall and Marsh gain honors from VTLA (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG—Reston lawyer Robert T. Hall and Sen. Henry L. Marsh III of Richmond received special awards from the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association at the group’s annual meeting earlier this month. In addition, Peter J. Neufeld, co-founder of The Innocence Project ...

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McGuireWoods adds an office in London (access required)

McGuireWoods LLP will merge with a 36-lawyer firm based in London on May 1, a move that will more than double the firm’s foreign-based contingent of attorneys. “This is a great day in the history of McGuireWoods,” firm chairman Richard ...

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Damages cap now on tap (access required)

The 2009 General Assembly session is more or less over. Only the April 8 veto session, in which the legislature considers bills vetoed or amended by the governor, remains. The anticipated battle over an increase in the medical malpractice damages ...

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Obituary (access required)

Leroy T. Canoles Jr. Leroy T. “Buddy” Canoles Jr., a founding partner of Kaufman & Canoles, the largest law firm based in Hampton Roads, died March 17. He was 83. A lifelong resident of Norfolk, Mr. Canoles was a certified ...

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Bankruptcy – Dischargeability Of Debt – Child Support Order – Res Judicata (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court affirms a bankruptcy judge’s decision that debtor’s present adversary proceeding is barred by res judicata, based on a prior state court decision finding that debtor’s prepetition child custody order was a domestic support obligation that ...

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2009 VTLA Officers are elected (access required)

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association elected new officers at its annual meeting in Williamsburg March 14. Fairfax lawyer Sandra M. Rohrstaff is the new president (see profile, VLW, March 23, 2009). The other officers are: • President-elect: Matthew B. Murray, Allen, ...

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