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Please release me: Portions of liability release form allowed at trial (access required)

Lawyers understandably wince when presented with those liability release forms you have to sign in order to engage in contact sports or other activities with inherent hazards. The forms have a common premise: “You know this is risky. We’re not ...

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Culpeper asks judge to bar deposition of county attorney (access required)

In ongoing litigation over Culpeper County’s vote last year to refuse a sewage permit for a proposed Islamic prayer center, the county wants to block a proposed deposition of the county attorney. The county says Department of Justice lawyers have ...

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Lawyer accused of hiding sanctions from judge (access required)

A Richmond lawyer has been charged with ethics violations for failing to disclose both a contempt-of-court fine and a Virginia State Bar penalty when he applied to practice in bankruptcy court two years ago. D. Hayden Fisher was chastised in ...

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Disbarred lawyer seeks reinstatement (access required)

A former Virginia lawyer convicted of embezzling from her church nearly eight years ago is hoping to rejoin the bar. Anne Marston Lynch Wilber, formerly Anne Marston Lynch, is petitioning for reinstatement to the Virginia State Bar, where the Disciplinary ...

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Lawyer facing bar charges for ‘greedy’ estate fee (access required)

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An Alexandria attorney accused of allegedly paying himself more than $1 million for handling the nearly $9 million estate of a woman who died in 2011 is facing bar charges of dishonesty and deliberate wrongdoing. A Fairfax County judge in ...

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Student, suspended for Facebook posts, settles suit (access required)

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Colleges have become frequent litigation targets for students who disagree with disciplinary penalties, but a recent, short-lived lawsuit against Virginia Tech focused – not on personal injury – but on social media behavior. A student claimed Virginia Tech officials violated ...

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More legal clinics planned for veterans

A series of legal clinics for veterans continues in Virginia, some associated with government agencies and at least one sponsored by a law firm. Attorney General Mark R. Herring has held a number of such clinics in conjunction with the Virginia State ...

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Legal aid office facing shortfall

A tight budget became even tighter this year for a Roanoke legal aid office. The Roanoke office of Blue Ridge Legal Services has been told that funding from the local United Way will be cut by about $29,000. The cut ...

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