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Judge upholds zero-damage award in airport noise case

Over protests from homeowners, Chesapeake Circuit Judge Randall D. Smith has validated a jury’s determination that the owners were not entitled to any damages as a result of airport noise. A jury found no evidence of damage to the value ...

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High court takes up rail terminal case

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear Montgomery County’s appeal of a circuit court decision allowing public funding for a Norfolk Southern rail yard project. County supervisors are fighting the proposed freight yard near Elliston by attacking the ...

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Former lawyer sentenced to 15 months for tax fraud

A former Arizona lawyer who tried to claim his 51-acre Virginia property as his law office has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Kevin Witasick was found guilty on a variety of tax charges in February 2009. He was ...

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Work camp hijinks went too far, lawsuit alleges

A federal complaint by a former state prison inmate claims he was tormented by a series of cruel pranks at the hands of a guard at a Botetourt County work camp. The lawsuit reads like a list of frat house ...

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Collection agencies targeted in lawsuit

Roanoke lawyers have filed a federal class action lawsuit against collection agencies over mailings that appear to offer debtors a chance to reduce and manage their debt. The lawsuit claims the companies offer an “opportunity to get ahead” which is ...

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Holt confirmed for marshal

Former Roanoke County Sheriff Gerald Holt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia. Holt’s confirmation was hailed by Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner. “I congratulate Gerald Holt ...

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Alex Levay is not stranded in Manchester, England (access required)

Leesburg lawyer Alex Levay may not have been robbed and left stranded in a foreign land, but he has learned one of the perils of technology in a bizarre hoax last month. On Friday, April 30, many of Levay’s friends, ...

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Dismissed party can’t be pulled back in appeal (access required)

A defendant dismissed from a general district court action can’t be pulled back into circuit court when a losing codefendant appeals, a Virginia Beach circuit judge has ruled. The new case creates a split in circuit court authority on the ...

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Judge decries plaintiff’s ‘chutzpah’

Chief U.S. District Judge James Jones of the Western District clearly was unimpressed with one medical malpractice plaintiff’s efforts to preserve a $150,000 offer of judgment in the face of damaging disclosures. Information about the plaintiff’s painkiller habit was a ...

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