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Judge certifies class actions in gas royalty cases

Abingdon U.S. District Judge James P. Jones has agreed to allow five lawsuits over coal mine gas royalty payments to proceed as class actions. The decision breathes new life into the suits, which challenge the ways energy companies pay royalties ...

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Reinstatement recommended for Martinsville ex-lawyer

Rickey Gene Young could get his law license back if he repays the state bar for a reimbursement claim and if the Supreme Court of Virginia agrees. A panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board last week recommended reinstatement ...

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Plaintiff’s toe developed gangrene, required amputation – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff was a 67-year-old retired Marine officer and banking executive who initially presented to the defendant podiatrist with an ulcer on the ball of his right foot which he attributed to a pedicure. The defendant took x-rays, which demonstrated ...

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Federal courts confront government shutdown

The federal courts west of the Blue Ridge may be prepared to hold out a bit longer than courts in the east as the U.S. government is forced into a budget shutdown. Regardless of what happens in Washington, however, no ...

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The VLW High Five: 5 Tips to avoid procrastination

It happens to the best of us. Files may be piling up on the desk, but a game of solitaire or a quick Internet search for the best-dressed celebrities at the Emmy Awards gets in the way. Procrastination: We all ...

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