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Edmonds to lead bar executives (access required)

Thomas A. Edmonds works for the Virginia State Bar Council and supervises the office of State Bar Counsel. The homonyms create confusion for bar outsiders, and sometimes for insiders as well, but the distinction is very clear in Edmonds’ mind ...

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Woman wins $1.5M from plastic surgeon (access required)

Attorneys for a Salem plastic surgeon acknowledged that the breast reduction surgery for Ann Shorter went terribly wrong. So wrong that she went from “a 46DD to a flat chest” and required breast reconstruction surgery, said Russell W. Updike, the ...

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Fairfax judge: DUI law unconstitutional (access required)

Corinne Magee didn’t enter the courtroom of Fairfax County General District Judge Ian M. O’Flaherty with a lot of hope for her drunken driving defendant. The legal argument she was relying on was based on a 20-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Audio record needed for abuse finding (access required)

The failure of a child protective services investigator to audiotape a 14-year-old girl’s allegation of sexual abuse could not be dismissed as “mere harmless error,” a divided panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled last week. Chesterfield County Circuit ...

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Trucker's foot injury nets $2.5M (access required)

A focus group helped Richmond personal injury lawyer John C. Shea develop a winning theme for both liability and damages in the case of a woman trucker whose foot was injured badly in a truck stop accident. A federal jury ...

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