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Author Archives: Peter Vieth

VSB moves to extend client protection assessment

Virginia State Bar leaders hope to extend the bar’s authority to collect lawyers’ assessments for the Clients’ Protection Fund. The bar now assesses every Virginia lawyer $25 a year to support the fund that reimburses clients and others victimized by ...

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State files consumer protection suit against tax relief service (access required)

A Northern Virginia-based tax relief service that came under scrutiny by the Virginia State Bar now is facing a lawsuit alleging violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The Virginia attorney general’s office filed suit Sept. 13 against Wall & ...

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Pomrenke off the bench after contempt conviction (access required)

Bristol Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke is not sitting on the bench following his federal conviction last week of criminal contempt of court. Pomrenke was found to have willfully violated a nondisclosure order in connection with federal ...

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Lawyer facing priority ethics hearing accepts suspension (access required)

A Winchester lawyer accused of disrupting courts through missed court dates and late appearances has agreed to an indefinite suspension on the basis of impairment. The Virginia State Bar had petitioned for an expedited hearing on charges against Shelly R. ...

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Drug treatment court launches in Virginia Beach (access required)

The latest drug court docket in the state is ready to debut in Virginia Beach. The drug treatment court screening process began June 1 and the program will start as soon as suitable defendants are recommended and agree to participate, ...

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‘Arrogant defiance’ (access required)

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Struggling con­sumers in­creasingly are seeking finan­cial help from online lenders, but consumer lawyers warn the relief may be only temporary. High interest rates and fees, levied through relentless bank with­drawals, sometimes bring consumers to the bankruptcy they hoped to avoid, ...

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Lawyer suspended until 2024 (access required)

A lawyer discipline panel has tacked on an additional five years to a prior three-year suspension for a Reston attorney who allegedly made a false statement to a judge. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board said bar prosecutors had proven ...

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