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Wolfe’s lawyers seek to bar retrial of case (access required)

McLEAN (AP) A former death row inmate in Virginia whose conviction was overturned on accusations of misconduct by prosecutors is petitioning a judge for his immediate release. Lawyers for Justin Wolfe filed the motion Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court ...

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Vietnam vet may get Social Security for PTSD (access required)

The Social Security Administration improperly denied disability benefits to a Vietnam veteran who claimed he suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment. The plaintiff applied for Social Security disability benefits ...

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West Virginia lawyer who beat client with baseball bat gets license revoked (access required)

A lawyer who beat his client with a baseball bat should have his license annulled, but can get reinstatement in five years with certain conditions, the West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in adopting the recommendations of a hearing panel. ...

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Lawyers to face CFPB oversight for debt collection (access required)

Some lawyers engaging in debt collection will now be supervised by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pursuant to a new rule promulgated by the agency. It will be the first time lawyers are subject to oversight by a federal agency. ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Nov. 14, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license to practice law of Robert H. Smallenberg of Ashland for violating professional rules that govern competence, scope of representation, diligence, communication, fees, safekeeping of property, declining or terminating ...

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Woodrow A. Maust (access required)

Hampton lawyer Woodrow Alan “Skip” Maust died Nov. 7 He was 65. He had battled Pompe disease, a rare form of muscular dystrophy. A native of New York City, Mr. Maust earned his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and ...

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Donald H. Clark (access required)

Virginia Beach lawyer Donald H. Clark died Oct. 28. He was 75. A 1959 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he earned his law degree at night from the George Washington University law school while serving in the U.S. Navy ...

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Surgeon cut wrong duct during gallbladder surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Feb. 5, 2009, the 26-year-old plaintiff was admitted to the hospital after a series of gallbladder attacks. Pre-operative imaging disclosed that the plaintiff had a common bile duct that was 2.9 mm in diameter, but her biliary anatomy was ...

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Plaintiff seriously injured in slip & fall – $2,900,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff slipped while on commercial premises and fell. The defense claimed an open and obvious danger defense and assumption of the risk. The plaintiff suffered serious injuries. The case was settled between counsel for plaintiff and the insurance adjuster. ...

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