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WARN Act cases settle for $1.7M

Three class action lawsuits arising from coalfield layoffs in 2013 have produced settlements totaling $1.735 million. The suits under the federal WARN Act alleged the coal mining companies, all controlled by Appalachian coal billionaire Jim Justice, laid off approximately 233 ...

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Koontz honored by Dalton Inn of Court

SALEM — Virginia Supreme Court Senior Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. was honored Monday for his lifetime of service on the bench, which includes work on every level of court in the state. Koontz received what was formerly known as ...

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Lewis T. Booker (access required)

Legendary Richmond lawyer Lewis T. Booker died April 4 at age 85. Mr. Booker built a national reputation for handling large, complex litigation in a four-decade career at Hunton & Williams. He began practice with the Richmond-based firm in 1956 ...

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‘Hidden Code’ uncovered: More Virginia law now online (access required)

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Lawyers looking for obscure Virginia legal authorities may be able save a few steps with some recent additions to the General Assembly’s Legislative Information System. The website at lis.virginia.gov now features laws not found in the code books, along with ...

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Second settlement in the works in prescription fraud case

Three years after a major drug manufacturer agreed to pay $1.5 billion to resolve claims it promoted an anti-seizure drug for unapproved purposes, government lawyers are close to settling with another company accused of helping the illicit promotion. The whistleblower ...

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Falsified documents lead to lawyer’s 18-month suspension

A Northern Virginia lawyer has agreed to both disbarment in Washington and an 18-month suspension in Virginia in separate proceedings. The Virginia discipline of Karen G. Loulakis of Great Falls is based on her admission that she notarized and back-dated ...

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Lawyer can’t tap firm’s auto policy for accident (access required)

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A Washington lawyer who did some legal work at his Virginia home was nonetheless not covered by his law firm’s auto insurance policy for an accident on the way to the office that left another man seriously injured. The decision ...

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