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Ballou named federal magistrate judge

Roanoke lawyer Robert S. Ballou has been selected as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia to replace Michael Urbanski, who was recently elevated to the district court bench. Ballou is a partner with the Roanoke firm ...

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Judicial study group: Use chief judges to balance regional caseloads (access required)

Virginia’s existing court districts and circuits are so intertwined with other government services that they should not be changed, at least for now. That’s the conclusion of a court-appointed study panel after a fast but intense study of Virginia’s judicial ...

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Verdict slashed, lawyer referred for discipline (access required)

A Charlottesville judge slashed a record wrongful death verdict by two-thirds and ordered sanctions against the plaintiff and his lawyer in the aftermath of a hotly contested trial. Circuit Court Judge Edward L. Hogshire also referred Charlottesville lawyer Matthew B. ...

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