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Asbestos defendants strike back over screenings (access required)

Companies often targeted by plaintiffs in asbestos litigation are fighting back against lawyers and others who used now-discredited mass screenings to identify thousands of lung disease claimants. A Virginia lawyer is among those sued in Mississippi for allegedly helping to ...

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Bueller?… Bueller?

How do you follow Chuck Norris as a graduation speaker?  Liberty University this year will go with actor, writer and economist Ben Stein. The former presidential speechwriter — who came to fame in 1986 as Ferris Bueller’s economics teacher — ...

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Last gasp for breath test machine? (access required)

The Intoxilyzer 5000, the widely used but aging breath alcohol sensing machine being phased out by Virginia authorities, is still drawing fire from DUI defense lawyers, including the attorney for a congressman fighting a drunken driving charge in Alexandria. Despite ...

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FOIA covers judicial salaries, council says (access required)

The administrative office of the Virginia court system is subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act, according to a recent opinion from an open government advisory panel. The opinion from the Freedom of Information Advisory Council indicated that the ...

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