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An Elaborate Con: Scammers appear to be getting smarter (access required)

Despite warnings about e-mail scams targeting lawyers, the Internet thieves appear to be busier than ever. Based on the recent experiences of two Virginia lawyers, the scammers may be operating out of Canada using a highly polished confidence game. One ...

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Kinser dissents on diversity changes

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cynthia D. Kinser dissented today as the court agreed to additions to the Virginia State Bar’s governance aimed at promoting diversity. The amendments to the court’s rules give the chair of the VSB’s new diversity conference ...

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Judge puts Lisa Miller on deadline

A Vermont judge today said he would give Lisa Miller 30 days to appear with her 7-year-old daughter before he would consider ordering her jailed for contempt, reports the Associated Press . Miller, whose last known address is in Bedford ...

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New trial granted over late report (access required)

An Arlington County judge set aside a defense verdict and ordered a new trial in a personal injury action when the insurer defending the case turned over a last-minute expert report that bolstered the plaintiff’s claim. The report was provided ...

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Lawyer defends his question to judge

A Front Royal lawyer who serves on the town council has caused a stir by striking up a conversation with a circuit judge about a hot local tax case. The lawyer-councilman, Thomas Sayre , said it was just an innocent ...

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McDonnell tries to stop Soering transfer

Gov. Bob McDonnell last night wrote to the U.S. attorney general in an effort to revoke former Gov. Kaine’s request for the transfer of convicted killer Jens Soering to a German prison. McDonnell’s letter to Attorney General Eric Holder is ...

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P.I. law firm mocks exaggerators

One New York personal injury law firm is stepping out from the crowd by running TV ads making fun of people who exaggerate their injuries.  Maybe they’re even mocking some of their competitors’ ads.  Here’s an example: Another video from ...

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New RESPA reg may slow real estate recovery (access required)

New federal regulations designed to protect homebuyers from nasty surprises at loan closing time could slow the recovery of the real estate market, some industry insiders say. The regulations require early disclosure of expected loan costs for residential mortgages, with ...

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