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No sanctions for removal in Medicare lien case

Federal court may not be the place to resolve a dispute over a Medicare lien for a personal injury settlement, but a federal judge has refused to impose sanctions for bringing the issue to his court. In an order entered ...

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Pay your dues online – but only one at a time

Virginia lawyers will be able to renew their bar licenses online in June. It’s the first time the Virginia State Bar has offered “e-renewal,” but it may not be a boon for all attorneys. The web-based renewal form will allow ...

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Use of mediation in bankruptcy on the rise (access required)

Mediation in bankruptcy cases is becoming more common, as judges and lawyers discover how it can prevent the loss of millions in litigation costs in large, complex cases. Settlement of a recent Virginia construction dispute in bankruptcy court demonstrates mediation ...

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Drug court video scores again

The television documentary on the Roanoke Valley’s drug treatment court has picked up another set of awards. “The Arrest Is Only the Beginning” was made in 2009 to demonstrate the effectiveness of Virginia’s drug court programs. The 26-minute video now ...

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Kiser honored with professionalism award

Senior U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser was regaled by colleagues and friends Monday as he received the Roger L. Groot Professionalism Award from the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court in Salem. Kiser, a former Martinsville lawyer, was appointed ...

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What’s in a name? $30 million!

The decision by the University of Maryland’s law school to change its name in exchange for a $30-million donation begs the question for law schools everywhere: what’s your name worth? The Maryland school agreed to call itself the University of ...

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U.S. Supreme Court: No early review of health care case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Virginia’s request for fast track consideration of the state’s challenge to the federal health care program. No opinion or dissents accompanied the brief announcement Monday that the “petition for a writ of certiorari before ...

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