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Lawyers, families enjoy night at the ballpark

While the eastern part of the state was  battening down in the face of the hurricane, members of the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association and their families took  in a de facto double header with the Salem Red Sox Friday night. ...

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Mortgage ‘rescue’ crackdown continues

Troubles abound for those accused of trying to make a quick buck off the foreclosure crisis. Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli has announced a third settlement with a company that allegedly charged illegal advance fees for “foreclosure rescue” services. A Virginia ...

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‘Taki’ allegations fail to impress judge

A former punk rock musician from Charlottesville who threw the kitchen sink into his defamation lawsuit against an international society writer has his case washed down the drain by a federal judge. Jason Jackson used 91 pages to lay out ...

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Louisa courthouse survives earthquake

Encased in scaffolding for its latest round of roof repairs, the 106-year-old Louisa County courthouse came through Tuesday’s earthquake with no significant damage, reports circuit court Clerk Susan Hopkins. Other than some plaster cracks in the courtroom, “everything here is ...

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Bank settles with victims of real estate scheme

Bank of America has reached a deal to end a lawsuit by scores of investors who claimed they lost millions purchasing overvalued Carolina waterfront property. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The deal essentially ends a federal lawsuit ...

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Lawyers question logic of attorney testimony case (access required)

In a case that surprised some criminal defense lawyers, the Virginia Court of Appeals approved the use of a lawyer’s testimony against his former client in a decision released earlier this month. In a malicious wounding trial in Newport News, ...

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