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Ex-lawyer who pocketed fees gets three years in prison

Former lawyer Kyle Leftwich, who was convicted of keeping fees from social security cases she was expected to share with her partners, was sentenced to more than three years in prison. But Henrico County Circuit Judge L.A. Harris Jr. allowed ...

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What would Arnie Becker do now?

Actor Corbin Bernsen sued a Virginia Beach-based legal marketing firm in Norfolk federal court last month, claiming it owed him more than $600 grand on a million-dollar contract he signed to represent them in a marketing campaign aimed at lawyers. ...

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Jury finds for car-seat maker in high-profile Abingdon case (access required)

An Abingdon federal jury last week rejected claims that a $50 child car seat was defective, closing the door on a $50-million claim for damages for an 8-year-old girl who suffered devastating brain damage in a 2009 auto accident. The ...

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Disciplinary Record Justified Delayed Promotion (access required)

The Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment for a county sheriff who delayed promoting a deputy to sergeant until more than three years after the deputy scored “highly qualified” on a qualifying exam; plaintiff deputy failed to present sufficient ...

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‘Builder’s Risk’ Endorsement Not Ambiguous (access required)

Plaintiff insurance company wins partial summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action denying coverage for theft of construction materials from defendant policyholder’s home, which they were rebuilding after damage by a fire; the Richmond U.S. District Court says the policy’s ...

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Tune-Up Franchisee Owes Lost Profits (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge recommends default judgment and damages totaling $569,512 in favor of plaintiff Precision Franchising LLC, a Virginia company, against defendant K-Squared Inc., which operated four Precision Tune Auto Care franchise centers in Las Vegas, ...

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No ‘Tortious Interference’ Claim for Contractor (access required)

Defendant New York corporation sued by plaintiff, a traffic safety trade association based in Fredericksburg, over defendant’s contract to provide “Pedestrian Manager” training programs, has not sufficiently alleged a counterclaim under New York law for plaintiff’s alleged tortious interference with ...

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