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Ineffective Assistance Claim Baseless, Court Says (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court rejects petitioner’s claim that his appointed counsel provided constitutionally ineffective assistance when he allegedly neglected to interview two potential witnesses, had a conflict of interest and failed to file a severance motion, and the ...

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FINRA Arbitration OK for Municipal Bonds Issuer (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court denies a preliminary injunction to halt a healthcare clinic from FINRA arbitration of its complaint against plaintiff financial services providers the clinic alleges fraudulently induced it to issue over $308 million in municipal bonds; on ...

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Debtor’s FDCPA Claim Against Lawyer Fails (access required)

A collections’ lawyer’s legal responses to a debtor’s TILA and usury counterclaims do not violate the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, merely because they are “unsuccessful or contain immaterial technical errors,” and an Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses FDCPA claims ...

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How to stay ethical on social media

Remember that the new rules are the old rules when you’re blogging, tweeting or posting on Facebook. Watch what you say about pending cases and your clients. Don’t solicit business and don’t forget the rules on recommendations. If you’re a ...

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Employers face risk if rules on work use of personal devices aren’t clear (access required)

Employers are increasingly allowing their employees to use their own laptops, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices for work purposes – and that is creating a plethora of potential legal issues. Employment defense lawyers say that every business should have ...

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