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SEC e-filing confers venue in fraud case (access required)

A Las Vegas executive faces a federal criminal charge in Alexandria alleging that he inflated figures in a federal reporting form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The defendant, CEO of a software company, said there was no venue ...

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Best of 2007 – Cases (access required)

The 2006 year-end summary of cases reported by Virginia Lawyers Weekly spilled a lot of ink (or popped a lot of pixels) cataloging federal criminal sentences handed down by Virginia courts as they began implementing a 4th Circuit standard that ...

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William R. Rakes (access required)

Virginia is a leader in the education of lawyers. As one of a handful of states with eight or more law schools, and a population of seven and a half million, Virginia probably has more legal educators per capita than ...

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Robert R. Hatten (access required)

In 2007, the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld a $3.4 million award to the family of a Newport News shipyard worker who died from malignant mesothelioma, a disease caused by exposure to asbestos. The Newport News lawyer who won the ...

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Prior plea agreement bars murder charge (access required)

A drug defendant’s murder conviction has been reversed because his earlier plea agreement barred his prosecution for the murder. Interpreting language in a standard plea agreement, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 4 in U.S. v. Jordan ...

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