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Social Security – Conflicting Medical Opinion – Credibility (access required)

Although claimant’s continued receipt of her son’s SSI checks after she no longer cared for him “reflected poorly” on claimant’s integrity, the administrative law judge’s credibility determination was not the only reason for denial of social security benefits, and in ...

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Criminal – Speedy Trial – Discovery – Competency Evaluation (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says a defendant charged with a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property, who contributed to delay in the proceedings with his assertion of a mental capacity defense, cannot win dismissal of the indictment ...

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Civil Procedure – Counterclaim – Negligence – Tractor-Trailer Accident (access required)

In a lawsuit by a carrier against its own driver and the driver of another tractor-trailer, that was trying to merge onto a highway and was rear-ended by plaintiff’s driver, a Richmond U.S. District Court says that despite “extensive and ...

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Bankruptcy – Automatic Stay – Settlement Services – Sham Transaction (access required)

A bankruptcy court did not err in refusing to lift the automatic stay to add debtor as a defendant to a federal racketeering complaint in federal district court, according to an Alexandria U.S. District Court. Appellant Lewis Settlement Group provided ...

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Paradox in PD offices (access required)

The Chesapeake public defender’s office recently asked the city’s circuit judges for help in managing its caseload. But the difficulty in that office appears to be unique to the city rather than a trend triggered by the state’s budget shortfall. ...

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Cuccinelli: Law allows closer regulation of abortion clinics

Virginia could tighten regulations on clinics providing first trimester abortions according to an opinion released Monday from state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Reviewing Virginia’s health regulatory scheme and a 2000 opinion from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Cuccinelli ...

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McGuireWoods v. TigerWoods

Update 2010/08/24, 9:20 a.m. While Dennis Belcher’s expertise in handling big-dollar arrangements for families no doubt played a role in the firm’s representation of Elin Nordegren in her divorce from Tiger Woods, there’s a more direct connection. Nordegren’s twin sister, ...

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Criminal – Habeas – Detainer – ‘Anti-Shuttling’ Provision (access required)

Although West Virginia likely did violate the IADA in this case, the 4th Circuit is constrained by a 1981 decision that a violation of the “trial before return” provision of the Interstate Agreement on Detainers is not cognizable on federal ...

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Eric Gallo joins Troutman Sanders

Eric Gallo has joined the Virginia Beach office of Troutman Sanders as an associate to its mergers, acquisitions and business ventures practice group in. He was previously an associate with a New York law firm. Gallo’s practice will focus on ...

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Philip C. Baxa joins Sands Anderson

Philip C. Baxa has joined the Richmond office of Sands Anderson and will work with the business, finance and real estate and the business and professional litigation practice groups. He will additionally serve as an arbitrator and mediator in construction ...

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