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Virginia Beach lawyer gets 4-year suspension (access required)

A long-time Virginia Beach attorney is closing his office as part of an agreement for a four-year law license suspension. Andrew I. Becker, a collections attorney licensed since 1989, was found in criminal contempt of court in 2013 for attempting ...

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Doctor sues hospital over misconduct report (access required)


A Virginia doctor says his hospital was too quick to report him to state regulators when a patient made questionable allegations of misconduct. Now, the doctor claims in a $500,000 lawsuit that he is still trying to shake the damage ...

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Encouraging good faith negotiation: Delegate floats med-mal cost-shifting rule (access required)


A Virginia legislator says the state’s medical malpractice cap can prolong litigation and force needless trials in some cases. Representatives of doctors and trial lawyers have agreed to study a possible remedy for potential action next year. Del. Greg Habeeb, ...

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Four judicial candidates to be interviewed (access required)

Virginia legislators will interview four candidates for four trial judge vacancies on the opening day of the General Assembly this week. The candidates apparently have the backing of their legislative delegations for the open bench seats. “We will sometimes put ...

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Five vie for Comp Commission seat (access required)

Five attorneys are being interviewed this week for a seat on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. The lawyers hope to succeed the late Roger L. Williams, an employer representative on the three-member Commission. Williams died Oct. 11. The candidates scheduled ...

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Hospital settles case amid spoliation dispute (access required)


A Virginia hospital agreed to pay $1.75 million to resolve claims that it failed to take proper precautions to prevent a patient’s fall. The patient reportedly suffered tetraplegia and traumatic brain injury, incurring millions in current and future medical bills, ...

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Lawsuit questions Taser use by officer (access required)

A federal lawsuit claims a Fairfax County police officer acted without provocation when he fired a stun gun at the back of a disabled man who had his hands on a police car. The Taser incident – caught on a ...

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Lawyer who misled client is suspended (access required)

A Northern Virginia lawyer who gave a client false information about his work on her case – and then blamed the lapses on a mysterious former office volunteer – has been suspended for 21 months. Christopher D. Parrott of Manassas ...

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Lawsuit helped expose mudslinger, senator says (access required)


A Virginia politician claims he traced a shady smear campaign to his political rival using a lawsuit and a subpoena for email records. State Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Fredericksburg, a candidate for lieutenant governor, says he is a victim of emails ...

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Duty to intervene with impaired colleague set (access required)


The supervising lawyer at a law firm now has a duty to intervene when another lawyer in the firm becomes impaired, under a Legal Ethics Opinion just approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Supervising lawyers are duty-bound to protect ...

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