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Med-mal plaintiffs press for complete hospital records (access required)

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Another ruling in a Newport News court could help lawyers for hospital patients get a comprehensive look at the information hiding deep in electronic medical records. Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman Jr. has been pressing for full disclosure of digital hospital ...

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Apgar: Mediation failure and how to avoid it (access required)

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ROANOKE – Going light on preparation can doom your client’s mediation session, one retired judge says. Failure to properly prepare the client was number one on Judge Jonathan Apgar’s list of reasons that mediations don’t work out. The retired judge, ...

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‘Secret’ settlements questioned (access required)

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Two Virginia judges have taken different views of the value of public disclosure of lawsuit settlements for cases involving death or child victims. The extent of the public’s right to know about the handling of significant cases with potentially vulnerable ...

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Lawyer disciplined again for sarcasm

Virginia Beach lawyer John G. “Jack” Crandley has been disciplined again by the Virginia State Bar for directing sarcasm at other attorneys. This time, the penalty could trigger a 90-day suspension under terms of a previous disciplinary order. Crandley’s Oct. ...

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Lawyers for inmates seek $2M in fees

Lawyers who won medical reforms for Virginia women inmates are asking a federal judge to award them more than $2 million in fees. The attorneys’ fee petition filed Tuesday follows last month’s settlement of the class action lawsuit with the ...

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Attorney arrested on timeshare fraud charges

Federal authorities have again charged a Williamsburg lawyer with taking part in a scheme to collect fees for selling timeshares to phantom or “straw” purchasers. The alleged scheme was responsible for more than $1.3 million in losses to resorts because ...

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