When Judge Wilson ordered Abbott Laboratories to turn over selected e-mails to federal investigators looking into alleged off-label marketing of Depakote, we had to wonder – why was this high-level pharmaceutical drama playing out in Abingdon, Va.? Abbott is based ...Read More »
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Wired magazine published a piece last fall on the debate over the systematic vaccination of children. In the article, a leading physician said of a critic: “She lies.” That statement, part of a lengthy examination of an emotionally charged topic, ...Read More »
A $1-million defamation suit against a leading advocate of child vaccination was dismissed yesterday by Alexandria U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton who ruled the physician’s statement “she lies,” in reference to an anti-vaccination advocate, was not actionable. The lawsuit ...
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The federal judges of the Western District of Virginia this month dropped a long-standing gag rule in adopting a set of local rules for the first time. The change brings new freedom for criminal lawyers who were previously barred from ...Read More »
Adoption of a first-time set of local rules in federal courts of the Western District will mean elimination of a long-standing strict order barring lawyers from disclosing details of criminal cases. The 1983 standing order prohibits disclosure of information about ...
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The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld Virginia State Bar discipline against a lawyer for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit. Use of the VSB disciplinary rules to punish a lawyer for frivolous pleadings is uncommon; more often, an attorney will be ...Read More »
The Virginia State Bar is pursuing ethics charges against a prosecutor and her former assistant who are accused of coaching a witness in a 1997 death penalty case. The decision to refer the matter to VSB’s disciplinary board could quiet ...Read More »