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Chocolate eggnog defense defeats DUI charge

An Essex County supervisor’s explanation about drinking chocolate eggnog after a single car accident was enough to get a drunken driving charge dismissed, but not without some skepticism from the judge. Jack Stevens was on his way home from church ...

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Kluge facing $24M default judgment

The unraveling of Patricia Kluge’s country squire lifestyle has spawned a court decision sure to catch the breath of any lawyer – a default judgment totaling nearly $24 million. Bank of America sued In January claiming Kluge was in default ...

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New rules take effect (access required)

A set of revisions to the Virginia rules of court took effect May 2, but don’t worry if you forgot to double check the changes this week. The updates are primarily housekeeping in nature. One of the changes clarifies the ...

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Proposed LEO would give Medicare lien protection (access required)

A proposed Virginia legal ethics opinion provides plaintiffs’ lawyers with new ammunition in the battle for protection from Medicare liens in personal injury settlements. Insurance companies and the plaintiffs’ bar have tussled as each side sought a shield against exposure ...

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Hall: AG should quit Tech shootings case (access required)

The lawyer for the families suing Virginia Tech over the April 16 shootings says Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli should step aside from representing the school because of his public comments about the lawsuits. Accusing Cuccinelli of jeopardizing a fair ...

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Leesburg lawyer disbarred in Md. for forging estate plan (access required)

A Leesburg lawyer who succumbed to the pleas of a grieving family by falsifying estate planning documents has been disbarred in Maryland, despite a judge’s finding that the dishonest conduct was unlikely to recur. The Court of Appeals of Maryland, ...

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Judge overturns $3.17M verdict for contractor

Danville U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser has ordered a new trial for a Martinsville contractor’s claims of racial discrimination, based in part on post-trial evidence that undermined testimony about the company’s damages. The decision undoes a jury’s $3.17-million award against ...

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Federal appeals judge urges support for judiciary

The message was familiar, but recent events have provided new ammunition for 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Steven Agee as he encourages lawyers to stand up for the third branch of government. Agee said he perceives a “disconnect” ...

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