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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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Judges move fast to fill GD vacancy (access required)

Roanoke Valley circuit judges wasted no time naming a replacement for retiring General District Judge Vincent A. Lilley this week. With an eye on possible budget cuts at the General Assembly, the judges appointed Roanoke lawyer Scott R. Geddes to ...

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Roanoke Valley bars split on endorsements (access required)

Bar associations in the Roanoke Valley have endorsed two Roanoke attorneys for a coming vacancy on the general district bench. The Roanoke Bar Association voted Nov. 8 to endorse Melissa W. Friedman for the seat to be vacated by the ...

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Judge tosses federal charges for Brady violation (access required)

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An Alexandria federal judge has thrown out criminal charges against two people accused in an illegal “visa-for-sale” scheme based on prosecutors’ failure to disclose information about trial witnesses. The unusual action by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema came in ...

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Justices agree to hear ‘balance billing’ case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to review a case focusing on whether a hospital can bill a patient the full amount of its charges when the hospital is “out-of-network” for the patient. A Henry County judge last year ...

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