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University settles ‘false rape’ lawsuit (access required)

Washington & Lee University has settled with a male former student who claimed he was railroaded by the school’s disciplinary process and expelled after a female student falsely accused him of rape. The terms of the settlement were said to ...

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Proposal would cap state contingency fees (access required)

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is leading an effort to limit contingency fees that private lawyers recover when they sue in the name of the state. The state Senate last month approved the measure that also would require public disclosure ...

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State Fair lawsuit is settled (access required)

A lawsuit that accused the Richmond-based law firm of Williams Mullen of abandoning one client while helping another win ownership of the Virginia State Fair has been settled. The terms of the deal were not disclosed by the parties. The ...

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Lawyer banned from bankruptcy court is revoked (access required)

Four months after being permanently banned from bankruptcy court, a Richmond lawyer has had his law license revoked by judges of the Richmond Circuit Court. A three-judge panel disbarred attorney Kenneth W. Paciocco on Jan. 21 after hearing evidence on ...

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State judge will not have to testify in federal trial (access required)

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An Abingdon federal judge has denied a prosecution bid to force a sitting Virginia judge to testify against his wife in a federal corruption trial. The decision means Bristol Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke will not have ...

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Feds: Judge shared in wife’s job perks (access required)

Federal prosecutors say they want to call Bristol Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke to testify about untaxed benefits his wife allegedly received as an official with the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority. The judge shared in some of ...

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Roe gets bar endorsement (access required)

Fincastle lawyer Thomas W. Roe Jr. won a bar endorsement for a Roanoke Valley general district judgeship last week. Another bar group will consider endorsements for the same seat later this month. The opening on the court is expected to ...

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New criminal discovery plan meets quick end (access required)

An effort to legislate some of the state criminal discovery reforms rejected by the Supreme Court of Virginia never made it out of a House of Delegates subcommittee Friday. The proposal to require Virginia prosecutors to turn over police reports ...

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