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

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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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Eastern Shore lawyer surrenders law license

Attorney Roger K. Grillo of Onancock has agreed to revocation of his law license after five clients complained he took their money for bankruptcy work and never delivered any services. The Virginia State Bar alleged Grillo closed his law practice ...

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The extra mile: Two solos secure $21M for badly injured bicyclist (access required)

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A federal judge has approved a $21 million settlement, with $7 million in attorneys’ fees, for the severely injured victim of a collision between a bread truck and a bicycle. The settlement is “one of the largest personal injury settlements ...

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Judge performs CPR in his courtroom

An Arlington general district judge may have saved a man’s life in his courtroom last week, performing CPR after the victim suffered a heart attack. The victim was testifying in a criminal trial on Thursday when he started “gasping for air,” ...

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Legislation would foster specialty court dockets

Legislation at the 2015 General Assembly would provide a framework for new problem-solving court dockets aimed at providing services for criminal defendants, including veterans, struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Supporters say court diversion programs aimed at veterans, ...

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Kelsey named to Supreme Court

Virginia Court of Appeals Judge D. Arthur Kelsey was named to the Supreme Court of Virginia by the General Assembly Tuesday with the House speaker praising him as a “strong conservative jurist.” Legislators also filled Kelsey’s vacancy and two others ...

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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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