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State defends entry-for-survey law in pipeline case

Amid howls from landowners facing a proposed gas pipeline across their property, the state of Virginia is defending its law that allows utilities to survey private land for such projects over the objections of the owners. State lawyers today filed ...

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Virginia doctors’ group targets insurance red tape (access required)


Doctors say they are spending too much time seeking approval from insurance companies for their patient treatment, and they’re asking the General Assembly to help their cause. Physicians complain of complex and varying forms and procedures they must use to ...

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Surovell announces run for Senate

Del. Scott A. Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, has announced he will run for the state Senate seat held by Sen. Linda T. “Toddy” Puller, D-Fairfax, who will retire this year. Surovell, a Fairfax lawyer, was elected to the House in 2009. ...

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New faces in place at VBBE (access required)

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners begins the new year with a new, full-time administrative chief and a change on its board. Such personnel changes are rare at the agency that administers the Virginia Bar Examination and reviews the qualifications ...

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Sentence is 3 years in Rockbridge DUI fatality

Five months after a Rockbridge County judge rejected a deal for a one-year sentence, a plea agreement for a three-year term was approved Thursday for a former college student charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter. The charges against Nicholas Hansel arose ...

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Griffith endorsed by 2 bar groups for J&DR vacancy

Roanoke area lawyers are united behind Salem attorney Hilary D. Griffith for a seat on the juvenile and domestic relations bench. Griffith, wife of U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, won the endorsement of the Roanoke Bar Association Tuesday for the seat ...

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Judge gets community backing for new term

A Williamsburg general district judge facing low numbers on a performance survey has received strong support from community leaders in her bid for another term on the bench. Commonwealth’s attorneys for both Williamsburg and Charles City County wrote letters of ...

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Judge denies early release for convicted lawyer

A Henrico County judge has rejected pleas for early release for former attorney Kyle C. Leftwich, convicted in 2011 of embezzling legal fees from her law firm. Leftwich was convicted of pocketing more than $450,000 in fees she earned in ...

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