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Obituary (access required)

Neal J. Patten Neal J. Patten, a retired senior partner and co-founder of the Newport News law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, died May 20. He was 92. A native of Roscoe, Ill., Mr. Patten grew up in ...

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Navy helps Virginia Beach buy land near Oceana base (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—The Navy is spending $3.8 million to help buy land near Oceana Naval Air Station and prevent the base from moving elsewhere. The amount covers slightly less than half of what it’s costing Virginia Beach to acquire the 213 ...

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Archivist gets treasure trove of Massive Resistance files (access required)

NORFOLK—A year ago, Sonia Yaco got the call that archivists likely might dream about: We have boxes of old documents and don’t know what to do with them. Would Old Dominion University like them? The boxes contained original letters related ...

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Judge upholds county ban on adoption of pit bulls (access required)

LEESBURG—A Loudoun County judge has upheld a policy prohibiting county-run animal shelters from offering pit bulls for public adoption. Circuit Court Judge Burke F. McCahill ruled that publicly funded shelters are not required to make all breeds available for adoption. ...

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High court: Use of cell phone doesn’t facilitate drug trafficking (access required)

Using a cell phone for a misdemeanor drug purchase does not constitute felony facilitation of drug trafficking, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The defendant in Abuelhawa v. U.S. a case from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ...

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LINC recognizes work of attorneys, Williams Mullen (access required)

The Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC) has recognized two local lawyers and a local law firm for exceptional volunteer support to the non-profit organization over the past year. The honors were presented earlier this month at LINC’s annual “Lunch ...

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Diversity Job Fair is Aug. 15; registration deadline is Friday (access required)

The deadline for registration by employers for the Third Annual Diversity Job Fair sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association is Friday, June 5. The fair will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Embassy Suites ...

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Attorneys – Fee Collection – Affidavit – Billing Records (access required)

A Bristol General District Court overrules a demurrer filed by the custodian of a law firm’s billing records to a warrant in debt filed by a plaintiff who alleges fraud in the billing statement. The court grants plaintiff a subpoena ...

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Civil Procedure – Amended Demurrer – Special Plea – Res Judicata (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court denies plaintiff’s motion to amend and grants defendants’ motion for leave to file an amended demurrer and special plea; the court will order dismissal of plaintiff’s claims here on the same grounds and reasons for the ...

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Domestic Relations – Mom’s Move – New Job – Family Ties (access required)

A Roanoke County Circuit Court grants joint legal custody but primary physical custody to a mother who wishes to move with the parties’ son from Roanoke to Bluefield where her new husband, a state trooper, is employed; the court says ...

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