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Monthly Archives: April 2009

When clients pay with plastic (access required)

Lawyers who accept credit cards and want to pass the transaction fees through to clients must disclose those fees or risk running afoul of federal truth-in-lending regulations, according to a proposed opinion from the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on ...

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Last gasp for breath test machine? (access required)

The Intoxilyzer 5000, the widely used but aging breath alcohol sensing machine being phased out by Virginia authorities, is still drawing fire from DUI defense lawyers, including the attorney for a congressman fighting a drunken driving charge in Alexandria. Despite ...

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FOIA covers judicial salaries, council says (access required)

The administrative office of the Virginia court system is subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act, according to a recent opinion from an open government advisory panel. The opinion from the Freedom of Information Advisory Council indicated that the ...

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VBA Professionalism principles debuted (access required)

The birthday of a famous Virginia lawyer gives the Virginia bar a new occasion to embrace professionalism. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has designated Monday, April 13, “Lawyer Professionalism Day,” when the Virginia Bar Association’s Commission of Professionalism will formally roll ...

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Chesterfield court vacancy – again (access required)

Chesterfield legislators are looking for a new candidate to fill the circuit court vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Cleo E. Powell to the Virginia Court of Appeals. The General Assembly elected John V. Cogbill III, a partner in ...

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Appalachian students win national moot court award (access required)

Two third-year law students at the Appalachian School of Law (ASL) in Grundy, have won the Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition in Buffalo, N.Y. Joshua Ferrell and Dustin Bergman argued in the Erie County Courthouse before four ...

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Kaine asks legislature to extend jobless benefits (access required)

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has asked lawmakers to approve enhanced and extended benefits for jobless Virginians, longer health insurance coverage for laid-off workers and beefed-up food stamps benefits, all tied to federal stimulus cash. But the governor, who heads the ...

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Former Democratic House leader resigns to take ABC position (access required)

Del. Franklin P. Hall of Richmond is stepping down after 34 years in the General Assembly to accept an appointment to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. The 70-year-old Democrat said his retirement will be effective April 14, the week after ...

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Judge invalidates permit for King William reservoir (access required)

RICHMOND—A federal judge in Washington has invalidated a permit for a reservoir in King William County. The ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy is a victory for environmental groups and the Mattaponi Indian tribe. They claimed the ...

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Kaine vetoes death penalty, concealed weapon legislation (access required)

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has vetoed legislation that would have expanded the death penalty and made it easier to purchase and carry weapons. If enacted, the death penalty measures would have increased the population eligible for capital punishment. Virginia already ...

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