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Virginia gets $12 million from drug settlement

Virginia health care plans will recover nearly $12 million under the nation’s largest ever health care settlement announced today, reports the state’s attorney general. Bill Mims said Virginia’s total federal and state Medicaid recovery under the government’s agreement with pharmaceutical ...

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‘Silence is commanded…’

When a disgruntled defendant insisted on offering his views of the legal process and his own lawyer’s competence during a preliminary hearing last week, Canton (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden found a handy solution.  He ordered the defendant’s mouth ...

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‘Silence is commanded…’

When a disgruntled defendant insisted on offering his views of the legal process and his own lawyer’s competence during a preliminary hearing last week, Canton (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden found a handy solution.  He ordered the defendant’s mouth ...

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Pleading standard promotes removal (access required)

A one-page slip-and-fall complaint filed in a Virginia state court has run afoul of stringent new federal pleading standards following removal of the case to U.S. district court. Defendants often look for reasons to remove cases to federal court in ...

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