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$350k verdict for attack on Muslim cabbie

A federal jury has awarded $350,000 to a Muslim cab driver who said he was reviled for his religion and then physically attacked by a drunken Fairfax County businessman during a 2013 cab ride. The cabbie’s lawyer says the verdict ...

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‘My client wants to kill himself’ (access required)

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It’s a question many lawyers never think about until it appears without warning. Word comes – perhaps from the person himself – that a client is planning to commit suicide. The lawyer’s case could be a factor. The client well ...

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Lawyer failed to disclose client’s inheritance

A Richmond lawyer has been suspended for three years, in part for mishandling a $50,000 inheritance received by a bankruptcy client. The lawyer allegedly claimed the bulk of the money for herself as payment for past legal fees. Attorney Nnika ...

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Lawyers disciplined for helping mortgage ‘rescue’ firms (access required)

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Two Virginia lawyers have been sidelined as a result of involvement with so-called mortgage rescue operations in other states. An Alexandria lawyer was revoked in Virginia after being preemptively disbarred in Maryland. Despite never having a Maryland law license, Tawana ...

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Lawyer suspended for repeat incompetence

A lawyer who bungled two costly cases for the same client has had his license suspended for 60 days by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board. Jerrod M. Smith of Chesterfield mishandled both a pharmaceutical product liability claim and a ...

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Credit reporting company to pay $12M (access required)

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Virginia consumer lawyers have scored a judgment worth nearly $12 million in a class action against a credit reporting company that deliberately obscured sources of information on credit reports. The misleading information likely hampered consumers trying to discover the sources ...

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