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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Baugh quits disciplinary committee (access required)

David P. Baugh, the capital defender for the central region of the state, has resigned from the Virginia State Bar’s Third District Disciplinary Committee because of what he perceives as the bar’s failure to pursue allegations of ethical violations by ...

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Lawyer admits theft of $4M (access required)

A Franklin attorney who practiced law for more than 50 years has surrendered his license after admitting that he took more than $4 million from an estate for which he was the executor. The admission came last month in an ...

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Civil Procedure – Removal – Diversity Jurisdiction (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court remands to state court this action by plaintiff LLC against “The Wailers” musical group and their Norfolk-based LLC, a second defendant LLC with a principal office in Annapolis, Md., and other Maryland-based defendants. Where a ...

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Divorce client scores $420K for support error (access required)

A Newport News jury has awarded $420,000 to a woman whose divorce lawyer failed to preserve her right to seek spousal support from her husband of 38 years. Newport News attorney Amy M.P. VanFossen represented Nancy L. Nicholson in her ...

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Civil Procedure – Products Liability – RV – Forum Selection Clause (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court orders transfer of plaintiff’s suit alleging defects in a motor home sold by defendant Gulf Stream Coach Inc. to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The complaint arises from plaintiffs’ purchase ...

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Contract – Government Contract – False Claims Act – Iraq War (access required)

In this qui tam action alleging fraud by contractors with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq for such services as exchanging all Iraqi currency with currency that had no images of Saddam Hussein, the 4th Circuit says the district court ...

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Jurors increasingly seek recusal for financial hardship (access required)

The nation’s economic downturn has a new set of victims: members of juries. Jurors increasingly are requesting recusal from service based on financial hardship due to the current economy. Anne W. Reed, a trial lawyer and jury consultant in Milwaukee, ...

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Employment – Hospital Staff Privileges – Immunity – HCQIA (access required)

A cardiothoracic surgeon loses his legal challenge to suspension of his medical privileges by defendant Charleston Area Medical Center Inc., which has immunity from suit under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act; the 4th Circuit affirms summary judgment for the ...

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School officials to get ‘Rule of Law’ program on Law Day (access required)

Local school leaders from around the state will get a heads up on the Virginia Bar Association’s Rule of Law teaching project on May 1. Superintendents of the state’s public school divisions are invited to Richmond that day – expenses ...

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Obituary (access required)

Robert M. Wallace Robert Morris Wallace, a retired Henrico County Circuit Court judge, died March 30 at his home. He was 85. A native of Gilliam, W.Va., Judge Wallace served in the U.S. Army during World War II before graduating ...

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