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Docs delaying prescriptions after hacker attack on records (access required)

Some doctors are holding off prescribing painkillers after a hacker accessed more than 35.5 million of Virginia’s most sensitive prescription drug records two months ago, a state official told a legislative panel last week. Lawmakers probing the state’s computer services ...

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4th Circuit: Officer’s entry into home was justified (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling that a police officer violated clearly established law when he entered a darkened home to investigate the whereabouts of a teenage girl. The opinion the court issued last week ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On May 27, the Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section I, imposed a public reprimand on Chesterfield lawyer Renay Melitta Fariss for violating professional rules that govern misconduct, confidentiality of client information, and presenting or threatening criminal or other ...

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Page County attorney seeks to head VSB in 2011-12

George W. Shanks, an attorney in Luray, says he wants to be president of the Virginia State Bar in 2011-12. So far, he is the only candidate for the position of president-elect designate. Lawyers who have been members of the ...

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Law student wins $600,000 playing poker

U.Va. law student Leo Wolpert will start his second year with a big grin and a fat wallet. The former professional poker player won a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas last month, pocketing $652,000 in winnings, according ...

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Traffic Offenses – Bifurcated Trial ‘Notice’ DNA in Traffic Court (access required)

Virginia’s bifurcated trial statute did not require prosecutors to provide advance notice of intent to use a DUI defendant’s DMV record at sentencing; the Court of Appeals says a traffic statute controls instead. Ngomondjami v. Commonwealth (VLW 009-7-275) (10 pp.)

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Not that we’re keeping score

Lawyers  accustomed to a lockstep accord between the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court may be seeing the tide turn.  In bygone days, disagreements were rare between the conservative high court and the like-minded appellate panel. But ...

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General district judge hangs up the robe

General District Judge Norman deVere “Dev” Morrison retired yesterday after 24 years on the bench. Before his judicial appointment in 1985, Judge Morrison served as the Berryville town attorney and as a substitute judge. During his career, he has sat ...

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Tort – Telecom Company Can Sue for Business Conspiracy (access required)

A contract’s limitation-of-liability clause will not protect a Virginia telecom company from a New Jersey company’s business conspiracy suit, as a Roanoke U.S. District Court predicts how the Supreme Court of Virginia would handle the clause. All Business Solutions Inc. ...

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