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Mine companies win mountaintop appeal

A divided panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Friday to allow mountaintop removal mining without more extensive environmental reviews.  The 2-1 decision was written by Judge Roger L. Gregory, joined by Judge Dennis W. Shedd.  Judge ...

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Peanut company files for bankruptcy

The embattled Peanut Corp. of America has filed for bankruptcy in the Western District of Virginia. The Lynchburg-headquartered company is facing a federal criminal investigation and an expected flood of lawsuits over peanut products allegedly tainted with salmonella bacteria. PCA’s ...

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DLA Piper announces layoffs

Megafirm DLA Piper US LLP is laying off 180 employees nationwide. “Given market conditions, we have concluded with deep regret that we must reduce our US workforce by approximately 80 associates and 100 staff,” wrote DLA Piper spokesman Jason Costa ...

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…and we’re discreet, too.

Los Angeles-based business litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges is red-faced over its apparent disclosure of a confidential settlement amount in a firm brochure trumpeting its successes. The inadvertant disclosure is particularly ironic because the firm went to ...

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New tactic successful (access required)

Plaintiffs’ lawyers hope that a recent ruling will help turn the tide against a series of decisions that has hampered their efforts to win punitive damages from drunken drivers. The Jan. 13 ruling by Chesterfield County Circuit Judge Frederick G. ...

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