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Bar suspends Blacksburg lawyer

The Virginia State Bar moved swiftly to suspend the law license of a Blacksburg lawyer who was found not guilty by reason of insanity of drug and gun charges this month. The action against lawyer Joseph G. Painter Jr. came ...

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Court Misapplied ‘Local Controversy’ Exception (access required)

In plaintiffs’ class action suit alleging defendant real estate appraisers cooperated in defendant mortgage lender’s scheme to use a suggested appraisal value so loans were “underwater” from their inception, the district court could aggregate the named defendant real estate appraisers ...

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Husband said his ‘firing’ was ‘mutual’ (access required)

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A husband could not terminate spousal support payments by refashioning his firing to fit under the parties’ property settlement agreement, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The PSA signed by William and Elizabeth Strack in 2010 called for the ...

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Officials plan for new reciprocity rules

With new rules coming to govern out-of-state lawyers seeking to practice in Virginia without taking the bar exam, the state Supreme Court and bar leaders are fine tuning the details. The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued a new set ...

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Important Opinions: January – December 2013

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In the final edition of Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2013, we present the compilation of Important Opinions from January to December. You’ll find more than 280 cases highlighted. “Important Opinions” show up on the cover of the paper each week ...

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Informant details need not be disclosed, AG says (access required)

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says prosecutors ordinarily need not reveal personal details about confidential informants as part of criminal discovery. The official attorney general’s opinion dated Dec. 13 came in response to an inquiry from Gloucester County Commonwealth’s Attorney Holly ...

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Hudson named chief deputy AG

(AP) — Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark Herring says Hampton city attorney Cynthia Hudson will serve as his chief deputy once he takes office on Jan. 11. Officials said Thursday that Hudson will oversee day-to-day legal operations of the attorney general’s office ...

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Hampton police report jury duty phone scam

HAMPTON (AP) Police in Hampton are warning residents about a jury duty scam. Hampton Police Detective Brandt Hess says a caller pretending to be with law enforcement told a 75-year-old man that he had missed jury duty. The caller threatened ...

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