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Lawsuit survives despite bungled service (access required)

Faced with a lawyer’s failure to properly serve the U.S. government – even after clear instructions from the government itself – a federal judge nevertheless allowed the lawyer’s slip-and-fall lawsuit to go forward this month. In a sharply worded opinion, ...

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Ex-employee wins $100K verdict against chiropractor (access required)

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A Roanoke County jury this month awarded $100,000 to a one-time office staffer who complained she was sexually assaulted by her chiropractor boss. The jury accepted the ex-employee’s version of events in a courtroom credibility contest with chiropractor Joshua D. ...

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Arizona marijuana business leads to lawyer’s suspension (access required)

A Virginia-licensed lawyer whose Arizona practice included work in the medical marijuana industry has been suspended for a year in both states amid allegations of conflicts of interest and self-dealing. The charges describe a tangled chain of business activity arising ...

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New collection rule for fines and costs adopted (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has added a new rule establishing standards for courts’ collection of fines and costs. The rule comes amid criticism – and a federal lawsuit – focusing on how court financial obligations and driver’s license suspensions ...

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Lawyer suspended 9 months for hit-and-run conviction (access required)

A lawyer ordered to defend his law license after a felony hit-and-run conviction has been suspended for nine months. Wright H. Lewis of Potomac Falls was involved in a 2014 accident involving injury in Fairfax County, according to court records. ...

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Bar fund pays $212K to dishonest lawyers’ victims (access required)

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A former Tidewater attorney has caused a program funded by Vir­ginia lawyers to pay out more than $183,000 to victims of his alleged dishonesty. Steven Lieberman, who practiced in both Norfolk and Virginia Beach until he accepted disbarment, was convicted ...

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Lawyers fend off litigation abuse claim (access required)

Lawyers who represented Fluvanna County in an ill-fated bid to recoup losses from a high school bond issue have avoided liability in a backlash lawsuit filed by Davenport & Co. LLC. The Richmond investment firm contended it was a victim ...

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