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Finger-pointing after patient death leads to lawyer disqualification (access required)

When John Charles Sanford died after surgery at the MCV hospital in December 2006, his family found a lot of people to blame, from the medical personnel who treated Sanford to the nurses and security personnel who restrained him when ...

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Preparing your office for disaster (access required)

Fires, floods and hurricanes displace thousands of businesses every year. Your law office could be next. According to Laura Calloway, program director of the Alabama State Bar’s Practice Management Assistance Program, your disaster plan needs to protect the key elements ...

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Richmond jury awards $3.2M for malicious prosecution (access required)

A federal jury in Richmond returned verdicts totaling $3.2 million Wednesday for a dock supervisor who alleged that his employer had no reasonable basis for charging him with stealing three computers. The panel awarded $1,716,920 in compensatory damages on the ...

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At U.Va., trial advocacy triumphs where football falls short

A trial advocacy team from the University of Virginia has accomplished what the school’s football team could not .  It defeated William & Mary. U.Va. here duly notes the fine achievement of its four-member mock trial team in taking the ...

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‘Brick Artist’ left law, has no regrets (access required)

Until a few years ago, Nathan Sawaya was hammering out contracts and transactions for multi-million dollar companies at a major white-shoe law firm in New York City. But that shoe never fit him, he says, looking back. In 2004, he ...

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High court mulls whether lawyers are ‘debt relief agencies’ (access required)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that could clarify the limits on what bankruptcy attorneys can advertise and what advice they can give their clients. The case, Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz v. U.S., began when two ...

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Tennessee judge cancels trial, claims courthouse is toxic

"It appears to be a toxic courthouse," Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown said of the new Washington County (Tenn.) Justice Center, reports the Johnson City Press .   Workers at the gleaming facility in Johnson City have complained of coughing fits, ...

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Clinic disavows interest in condemned land

A Roanoke-based healthcare business says, contrary to assumptions, it really doesn’t want a piece of land the city condemned as part of an effort to boost a bio-medical complex.  The lack of interest comes as news to the owners’ lawyer, ...

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Good Guy: Ed Weiner

Here’s to one of the good guys: Ed Weiner. Weiner was honored by the Fairfax Bar Association luncheon today with the FBA’s James Keith Public Service Award. Among the reasons: As Judge Stan Klein said in presenting the award, “Ed ...

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Guidelines online, not in your mailbox

If you’re wondering why you haven’t received your copy of the Virginia State Bar’s annual update of Professional Guidelines, the answer is that you’ll have to ask for it and the VSB will save money if you don’t. The agency ...

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