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U.S. attorney job up for applications again

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner says his office is now accepting applications for the position of U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, a high-profile presidential appointment. The Eastern District has been without a U.S. Senate-confirmed U.S. attorney since September ...

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Lawyers continue to seek sealed settlement in death case

Despite a federal judge’s admonition about the public’s interest in judicial approval of wrongful death settlements, lawyers in a medical products liability case are asking the judge to keep parts of their settlement deal secret. In particular, a manufacturer says ...

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Lawyers challenge high tolls from Fairfax express lanes (access required)

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Northern Virginia lawyers have mounted a multifaceted attack on collection efforts against drivers accused of failing to pay toll bills for Fairfax County highway express lanes. Neglected payment issues for the “High Occupancy Toll,” or HOT, lanes have led to ...

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Lawyer pleads to felony in assistant’s theft

A Lee County attorney has admitted he failed to take proper action after he discovered his legal assistant was stealing money under his control as conservator of an elderly woman. The lawyer, Joseph W. Rasnic of Jonesville, pleaded guilty Friday ...

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Lawyers settle on fees in same-sex marriage case

The state of Virginia will pay nearly $600,000 to lawyers who overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Lawyers on both sides of the case negotiated agreements for the state to pay a total of $580,000 to attorneys for same-sex ...

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Stamos named special prosecutor in Morrissey case

Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos has been named as special prosecutor in the second round of criminal charges against Del. Joe Morrissey. Morrissey is charged with perjury and with submitting a forged document in court. The charges grow out ...

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Judge blasts lawyers for attempt to seal settlement (access required)


A federal judge in a medical malpractice wrongful death action berated lawyers for both sides for trying to keep settlement terms under wraps. U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski on Jan. 28 said he was “appalled” to learn that attorneys ...

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Audit finds ‘pattern of errors’ at clerk’s office

A new state audit found mistakes in billing and collecting of fines and costs at the Albemarle County Circuit Court clerk’s office, the latest in a string of critical reports. The latest audit by the state Auditor of Public Accounts ...

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Excessive force case settles for $50,000

The city of Chesapeake will pay $50,000 to end a lawsuit by a 70-year-old woman who claimed a police officer threw her to the floor in a confrontation at her home. The woman’s lawyer told The Virginian-Pilot her case was ...

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