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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)


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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Court allows condemnation jury to hear early appraisal (access required)

A unanimous Supreme Court of Virginia says the state highway department cannot block evidence of an early, high-dollar appraisal when it asks a jury to put a value on land taken for a road project. The court rejected the state’s ...

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Duncan to lead Federal Judges Association

Appeals court Judge Allyson K. Duncan is the new president of the Federal Judges Association, a voluntary group dedicated to preserving the independence of the judiciary. Duncan, of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, assumed the leadership post ...

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Williams Mullen beefs up SC environmental practice

The Richmond-based Williams Mullen firm has added four attorneys to its environmental practice unit in Columbia, South Carolina. The additions include noted environmental lawyer Ethan R. Ware, who joins the firm as a partner, according to a news release. Ware, ...

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Attorney expected to recover after shooting

Lynchburg lawyer Joseph “Joey” Sanzone is expected to recover after being shot in the face by an unknown assailant Saturday evening. The incident happened at a downtown Lynchburg apartment building where Sanzone’s son lives. The son is an associate attorney ...

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Jury awards $662k in excessive force case (access required)


A Loudoun County man’s five-year battle to recover damages for a violent confrontation at his home produced a $662,500 verdict against three sheriff’s deputies. Marcus Mial claimed officers violated his rights in 2010 when they stormed into his home and ...

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Virginia prosecutors form ‘best practices’ panel

Hoping to foster sound practice and counter a negative narrative about law enforcement in the courthouse, the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys has launched a Committee on Justice and Professionalism. The panel has a mission of both practice improvement and ...

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Taxi driver sues passenger over anti-Muslim tirade

Even though criminal charges were dropped in 2013 against a Fairfax County man who directed a stream of anti-Muslim slurs against a taxi driver, the cabbie has filed a lawsuit against the passenger under a federal civil rights law and ...

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