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Law Firm Wins Injunction Over 'Best Lawyers' Ad (access required)

A federal judge has ordered the Virginia State Bar not to prosecute, at least temporarily, a Richmond law firm for advertising that three of its attorneys are listed in the book Best Lawyers in America. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard ...

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SCC Officials To ANLIR Receiver: Be Patient (access required)

As Tennessee officials continue to pound on the doors of the Virginia insurance commissioner, demanding access to the records and employees of three ailing liability carriers, the Virginia commissioner has issued a stern warning to be patient or risk losing ...

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The Reciprocal Companies: The Cast Of Players (access required)

A brief recapitulation of the Reciprocal liability crisis to date: The story started in Glen Allen, the home base of Reciprocal of America, one of the nation’s largest insurers of hospitals. On Virginia Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Gross’ assertion that ...

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Commissioners Tilt Over ANLIR Status (access required)

As Virginia attorneys who subscribed to American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal watch receivers in two states battle over a limited pot of money that includes their insurance premiums, the story has taken on melodramatic overtones. Virginia’s insurance commissioner, Alfred W. ...

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Some ANLIR Employees Land With New Malpractice Carrier (access required)

Seventy-one of 305 employees of financially beleaguered Reciprocal of America and its management company have been dismissed. About 41 of those workers are sales, risk management, underwriting and claims management staff of American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal, whose operations have ...

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Receiver: Don't Pay Hospital Claims With Premiums Of ANLIR Insureds (access required)

Premiums paid by lawyers and doctors to buy insurance should not be used to pay off claims by hospitals that are Reciprocal of America policyholders, Tennessee officials say. The special deputy receivers of three Tennessee-based risk-retention groups have filed an ...

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Opinion On 'Best Lawyers' Is Amended By The VSB (access required)

The Virginia State Bar now says “it is not unethical” for a lawyer to advertise that he or she is listed in a publication such as Best Lawyers in America. But to use that listing to imply that the lawyer ...

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VSB Council Questions ANLIR Board Chair (access required)

Members of the Virginia State Bar Council came to Richmond Feb. 22 with many questions about the status of American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal, but few were answered. On the agenda was Richmond lawyer Boyd F. Collier, who had asked ...

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Legislators Explain New Judicial Election Process (access required)

Virginia judges up for reelection can expect closer scrutiny in the future, key members of the General Assembly have told leaders from Virginia’s largest bar groups. The chairs of the House and Senate Courts of Justice committees say they have ...

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Shopping for replacement legal malpractice coverage (access required)

The court-ordered receivership of American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal earlier this month has raised many questions for the thousands of lawyers the company has insured. Answers about the company’s future will not be coming any time soon, as state insurance ...

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