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Buyer had ‘constructive notice’ of lot’s protected status (access required)

A home buyer who ended up in default and upside-down on her mortgage is seeking relief from the real estate agent who allegedly failed to tell her the lot she bought had environmental restrictions. The buyer lost her suit against ...

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FEMA lawyer wrongfully sanctioned under Rule 11 (access required)

A federal district court should not have sanctioned a lawyer under Rule 11 for comments she made during a hearing because the rule applies to oral statements only in very limited circumstances, the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ...

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Poll: Many think colleagues don’t know about lawyers help program (access required)

The results of a just-completed Virginia State Bar survey about substance abuse present a paradox. Respondents don’t think their colleagues know much about the Lawyers Helping Lawyers program and question whether other attorneys would get help for substance abuse or ...

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Dem operative prevails over McDonnell in b-ball picks (access required)

A Democrat paid to dig up dirt on Republicans already has one victory over the GOP’s apparent nominee for governor this year. Greg Scanlon, the Virginia Democratic Party’s research director, won the online college basketball bracket contest sponsored by Bob ...

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Man seeks charges against funeral home for handling of body (access required)

FAIRFAX—A man who says his father’s body was left for months to rot in the garage of a funeral home when he was supposed to be buried with military honors is asking for a criminal investigation. Richard Morgan Jr. of ...

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Fairfield is named director of W&L’s Lewis Law Center (access required)

Joshua A.T. Fairfield, associate professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named the next director of the Frances Lewis Law Center. He will begin his duties with the center on July 1. An expert ...

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Beach lawyer wins FELA ruling in W.Va. (access required)

Virginia Beach attorney Richard N. Shapiro has won a ruling from the West Virginia Supreme Court that a general release by a retired locomotive engineer does not bar a mesothelioma claim under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act. Sparrell Ratliff Jr. ...

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VLW wins two awards in company competition (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly brought home two awards from the Dolan Media Company Editorial Summit held in Scottsdale, Ariz., earlier this month. The company, which publishes more than 60 titles in 20 markets nationwide, conducts the annual Samuel B. Spencer Journalism ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On March 23, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee imposed three different public reprimands on Paul G. Watson IV of Eastville for violating professional rules that govern bar admission and disciplinary matters. According to the VSB, the violations occurred: ...

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Domestic Relations – Antenuptial Agreement – Premarital Agreement Act (access required)

Although a husband and wife entered into a post-marital agreement in 1991 regarding the sale of a former marital home, a Loudoun County Circuit Court says that agreement did not have the effect of making Virginia’s Premarital Agreement Act applicable ...

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