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ANLIR premium refunds may elude lawyers (access required)

Lawyers once insured by the defunct ANLIR company may have some money coming to them, but they could miss out if their addresses have changed in the last decade or so. A receiver for the one-time malpractice insurer known as ...

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Assembly to consider changes in lawyer discipline (access required)

A plan to eliminate a short-cut for launching lawyer discipline cases will be considered by the Virginia General Assembly. A bill introduced by Senate Majority leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. would carry out recommendations of a bar committee to drop ...

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Legislation studied to address refusal issue (access required)


A key state lawmaker is working on a bill – not yet finalized – to address a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires a warrant for most DUI blood tests. The legislative drafting continues even as Virginia courts interpret the ...

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FLSA case settles after spoliation finding (access required)


An overtime pay case has been settled following clashes over alleged spoliation of evidence and a deposition cut short when the defendant business owner walked out. The case involved a plumber who said he regularly worked more than 40 hours ...

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Lawyer loses revocation appeal, faces criminal charges (access required)


A lawyer who faces 10 criminal charges – including felony embezzlement from a client – has lost his bid to overturn revocation of his law license. Bar ethics charges against Jerome D. Ngando included allegations that he threatened defamation lawsuits ...

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DENIED: Trooper can’t sue state under military job protection law (access required)


A federal law designed to protect the civilian jobs of reservists and other military service members does not give Virginia state employees the right to sue over violations, the Supreme Court of Virginia says. The state and its agencies are ...

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Family financial feud moves to circuit court (access required)


A judge is being asked to overturn the decision of an arbitration panel that rejected claims of multiple financial misdeeds leveled against an Alexandria attorney. The daughter of a Northern Virginia businessmen claims she was walled off from the family ...

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Bar proposes revised client protection rules

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on a rewrite of the rules for the bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund. The lawyer-funded program reimburses victims of dishonest lawyers. A bar committee reviews and evaluates applications for payments from clients and others ...

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Las Vegas lawsuit leads to suspension for Va. lawyer (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who filed an ill-fated lawsuit against one half of the Las Vegas magic act “Siegfried & Roy” has lost his law license for 30 days. Not only did a Nevada judge dismiss the lawsuit that Fairfax attorney ...

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Power of attorney was power to disinherit (access required)


A broadly worded power of attorney gave a daughter all the authority she needed to disinherit in-laws from her father’s $1.24 million estate, the Su­preme Court of Virginia ruled Nov. 23. But another ruling in the estate planning case likely ...

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