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Allen to be VTLA president (access required)

Edward L. Allen brings family and history with him to the presidency of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. His grandfather was the first president of the association. His father started its political action committee. A cousin and a brother have ...

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O’Donnell: Call them ‘defense medical exams’ (access required)

HOT SPRINGS – Defense lawyers call them “independent medical examinations.” Plaintiffs’ lawyers bristle at the phrase. Court-ordered medical exams in personal injury cases should be called “defense medical exams,” insist the plaintiffs’ lawyers. Regardless of the name, the law is ...

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Suspect faced by feds with Facebook

White-collar defense lawyer Patrick O’Donnell used a war story to warm up the crowd yesterday at the Norfolk-Portsmouth annual bench-bar conference. During a discussion of e-discovery with a panel of state and federal judges, several jurists showed they work to ...

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Richmond judge files $1.7 defamation suit (access required)

Richmond Circuit Judge Melvin R. Hughes Jr. has filed a $1.7 million defamation suit against a Richmond weekly newspaper for publishing commentary suggesting he played courtroom politics with lawyers. The suit against The Richmond Voice came after the newspaper published ...

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No ‘caveat emptor’ for law school

The dean of one of Virginia’s eight law schools has rejected the idea that law school recruiting materials need to carry a disclaimer about job prospects. “We are going through the worst legal job market in anyone’s memory,” William & ...

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County’s Tax Action Stays in Federal Court (access required)

An Abingdon U.S. District Court denies plaintiff county’s motion to remand to state court this declaratory judgment action against defendant companies rejecting certain deductions the companies allegedly took in calculating the amount of mineral severance tax due to the county. ...

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