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Counterfeit purses carry trouble for attorney (access required)

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A lawyer whose wife sold knock-off fashion accessories on the Internet ended up defending both a $2 million trademark infringement suit and Virginia State Bar disciplinary charges. The lawsuit – criticized as “legal extortion” in one pleading – cost the ...

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Lawyers in a jam when clients point fingers at one another

Criminal lawyers could have to walk away from two clients under a scenario recently examined by the Legal Ethics Committee of the Virginia State Bar. If one client volunteers to dish dirt on another client in an unrelated matter, the ...

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How to win cases and influence damages (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia had mostly good news this month for lawyers seeking damages in state courts. The court opened doors for disgruntled consumers and removed one possible hurdle for litigants seeking punitive damages. The court also made it ...

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Bingo player wins chance to recover for slip-and-fall

A bingo winner in 2012 scored another victory three years later when she overcame a charitable immunity defense to her injury claim against a volunteer fire company. Vilas, North Carolina, resident Wanda Councill was a winner at the bingo hall ...

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Law firm bookkeeper sentenced to 2 years for fraud

A former bookkeeper who stole from a Hillsville lawyer’s office to support her online gambling has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to repay $960,809. Patricia E. Chinault, 72, who lived in Florida, admitted to taking ...

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Supreme Court offers hope for Sweet Briar backers

The Supreme Court of Virginia delivered victory on a key issue Tuesday for supporters of Sweet Briar College who hope to prevent a planned closing of the school. The court stated that the law of trusts can apply to a ...

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Lawyer goes 1 for 2 on sanctions motions

A lawyer who challenged an agreement between a town government and a local restaurant avoided one request for sanctions but was hit with a $1,000 penalty on a second motion. Rappahannock County lawyer David Konick claimed there was a conflict ...

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Lawyer faces possible revocation for misdemeanor convictions (access required)

A Charlottesville lawyer convicted of misdemeanor prescription fraud has had his license suspended and is facing possible disbarment by a Virginia State Bar discipline panel. The case illustrates that suspension and ensuing VSB proceedings can be triggered by lawyers’ conviction ...

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