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$75 million to change hands in coal settlement

In what must be some kind of record, Pennsylvania-based CONSOL Energy Inc. will pay $75 million to resolve six years of coal pollution litigation in Buchanan County Circuit Court. The announcement comes in a CONSOL filing with the SEC this ...

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Prosecutor, newspaper reach deal on seized photos

A First Amendment battle between the Rockingham County commonwealth’s attorney and the James Madison University student newspaper reportedly has been resolved with the paper agreeing to turn over 20 images to law enforcement officials and the state paying the paper’s ...

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Washington lawyer sentenced for role in Va. drug ring

A lawyer licensed in both Washington, D.C., and New York has been sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to launder drug money in Virginia. Brian Malady was a crystal meth addict who agreed to hide tens of thousands ...

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U.Va. takes Cuccinelli to court over request for documents

The University of Virginia’s response to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s demand for information about global warming research is a petition to set aside the “civil investigative demands” served on the school. The Washington Post reports the motion was filed ...

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Try again, judge tells media lawyers

News media lawyers who sued to unseal the court order blocking access to documents in the U.Va. lacrosse killing investigation took the wrong tack with a writ of mandamus directed to the court clerk. That was the ruling today from ...

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Northern Virginia goes green without disputes (access required)

The world of green building standards has been largely free of lawyers and lawsuits, but the formerly peaceful world of sustainable development soon may be getting its first taste of litigation. Pointing to a failed challenge to the environmental credentials ...

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