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Kyanite settlement in sight?

Some of the uncertainty about the status of the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach could be put to rest with the possible settlement of a series of court disputes involving the warring Dixon family from Buckingham County. The family ...

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Phony bank charge supports RICO claim

Civil racketeering claims often don’t get very far in federal court, but a Lynchburg horsewoman gets another chance to use a RICO claim to rein in a man who allegedly defrauded her. John Wynne misrepresented that his business Rivermont Consultants ...

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Pittman wins seat on VSB Council

Petersburg consumer lawyer Dale Pittman has been elected to a seat on the Virginia State Bar Council. The VSB reports results of voting that ended Monday as: Henry O. Brown                     3 Dale W. Pittman                     24 Joseph M. Teefey, Jr.              19 ...

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Supreme Court will revisit ‘Hernandez’ issue (access required)

The Supreme Court could offer further guidance on when a trial judge has authority to defer disposition of criminal charges for possible dismissal. The high court has agreed to hear a case in which a Fairfax County judge ruled he ...

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Control is key for test of employee v. independent contractor (access required)

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For years, employers have struggled with correctly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. When the economy went south, the problem became more serious as various state and federal agencies, seeking revenue, brought enforcement actions against companies that misclassified workers. ...

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Lawyer pleads guilty in alleged Ponzi scheme

Accused of bilking investors over seven years, Virginia lawyer Brian Dinning pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud in Norfolk federal court Monday. Dinning, who formerly practiced in Suffolk and other Hampton Roads communities, had been accused of taking money ...

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Ex-wife gets death benefits under preemption ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a divorced Virginia woman could not be forced to surrender the proceeds of a federal employee life insurance policy that she received as her ex-husband’s named beneficiary. A unanimous court decided that the ...

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The use of ADR in health care disputes (access required)

Health care disputes are ideal for alternative dispute resolution. Given the health care environment and the tremendous pressures being placed on payors (insurers, administrators of self insured plans, and governments) and providers (physicians, hospitals, and other providers of medical services ...

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