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Supervising lawyer now has duty to intervene with impaired colleague (access required)

The supervising lawyer at a law firm now has a duty to intervene when another lawyer in the firm becomes impaired, under a Legal Ethics Opinion just approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Supervising lawyers are duty-bound to protect ...

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Questions raised about ex-prosecutor’s discipline (access required)


A former prosecutor’s appearance in a handful of civil cases has triggered questions from defense attorneys about the status of his law license and the larger issue of discipline of Virginia prosecutors. Many defense attorneys contend the Virginia State Bar ...

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Court will hear Severance appeal (access required)


The man sentenced to life for the slayings of three prominent Alexandria residents over a 12-year period will get a hearing from the Virginia Court of Appeals on his bid to overturn the convictions. The Court of Appeals – on ...

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Removal bid came too late (access required)


Out-of-state defendants hoping to move a Virginia lawsuit from state to federal court should take careful note of when their 30-day window of opportunity begins, a new court ruling suggests. Even though Virginia law used to start the clock on ...

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PWC bar endorses judge candidates (access required)

Prince William County lawyers have voted on endorsements for a circuit court vacancy and potential district court openings. The Prince William County Bar Association made its choices known in a Dec. 14 letter directed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Judge Lon ...

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ANLIR premium refunds may elude lawyers (access required)

Lawyers once insured by the defunct ANLIR company may have some money coming to them, but they could miss out if their addresses have changed in the last decade or so. A receiver for the one-time malpractice insurer known as ...

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Assembly to consider changes in lawyer discipline (access required)

A plan to eliminate a short-cut for launching lawyer discipline cases will be considered by the Virginia General Assembly. A bill introduced by Senate Majority leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. would carry out recommendations of a bar committee to drop ...

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Legislation studied to address refusal issue (access required)


A key state lawmaker is working on a bill – not yet finalized – to address a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires a warrant for most DUI blood tests. The legislative drafting continues even as Virginia courts interpret the ...

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FLSA case settles after spoliation finding (access required)


An overtime pay case has been settled following clashes over alleged spoliation of evidence and a deposition cut short when the defendant business owner walked out. The case involved a plumber who said he regularly worked more than 40 hours ...

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Lawyer loses revocation appeal, faces criminal charges (access required)


A lawyer who faces 10 criminal charges – including felony embezzlement from a client – has lost his bid to overturn revocation of his law license. Bar ethics charges against Jerome D. Ngando included allegations that he threatened defamation lawsuits ...

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