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Governor proposes stimulus-related amendments

Gov. Tim Kaine is proposing amendments to legislation that would make sure that the state gets $125 million in unemployment money from the federal stimulus package. The state already has received $62.5 million as part of the unemployment modernization program ...

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Claim for distress won’t waive therapist privilege (access required)

A plaintiff who files a personal injury claim for emotional distress and mental anguish does not necessarily waive the psychotherapist-client privilege, a federal magistrate judge in Richmond has ruled. The decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck appears to ...

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McGuireWoods adds an office in London (access required)

McGuireWoods LLP will merge with a 36-lawyer firm based in London on May 1, a move that will more than double the firm’s foreign-based contingent of attorneys. “This is a great day in the history of McGuireWoods,” firm chairman Richard ...

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Hall retires, gets ABC post

Del. Franklin P. Hall, D-Richmond, announced his retirement today after 34 years in the General Assembly, and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine promptly appointed him to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Hall, 70, served as House minority leader from 2002-2008, ...

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Cogbill won’t accept judgeship

John V. Cogbill III has told the Richmond-area legislative delegation that he will not accept his appointment to the circuit court bench in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights. Cogbill is managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Richmond office and very highly regarded for ...

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McGuireWoods to merge with London firm

McGuireWoods LLP will get a London presence by absorbing the 36-lawyer firm of Grundberg Mocatta Rakison LLP on May 1. “This is a great day in the history of McGuirewoods,” said McGuireWoods Chairman Richard Cullen. He said the firm has ...

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Court clerk sounds tax fraud alarm (access required)

The troubled housing market is creating headaches for court clerks and real estate professionals in the assessment of recordation taxes. Fairfax County Circuit Court Clerk John T. Frey addressed one of those problems in a detailed letter sent to “Land ...

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Rohrstaff becomes new president of the VTLA (access required)

Growing up in the 1950s and early 1960s in a small town in Texas, Sandra Rohrstaff never thought about working at anything other than the jobs educated women had at the time: nurse, teacher or secretary. “It never occurred to ...

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‘Illegal act’ bars coverage (access required)

Roderick A. Bailey lost control of his motorcycle in July 2005 in Buchanan County and incurred more than $100,000 in medical expenses from the single-vehicle crash. Bailey sought coverage for the medical bills under his Anthem Individual KeyCare Plan, but ...

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