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Insurance denied for lawyer, firm facing malpractice judgment (access required)

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A lawyer for a Virginia woman paralyzed during surgery says he is determined to recover compensation from the law firm that fumbled her medical negligence case, even though a judge last week denied insurance coverage for the woman’s legal malpractice ...

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VSB may ask for phone, email addresses of members

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comment on a plan to require members to provide their telephone numbers and email addresses, if they have them, as part of their official address of record with the bar. The VSB’s Executive Committee ...

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VWAA backs Ballou, Dillon for federal judgeship

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association has given its highest recommendation to two of the ten candidates for an upcoming vacancy on the federal bench in the Western District of Virginia. Both U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou and Salem lawyer Elizabeth ...

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Fishwick, Ballou endorsed by Roanoke Bar Association

Roanoke lawyer John Fishwick has emerged as a local favorite for the federal bench seat being vacated this year by U.S. District Judge Samuel Wilson. Both Fishwick and U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou received the endorsement of the Roanoke Bar ...

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Governor puts judgeship bills on hold

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is adding language to the General Assembly’s judgeship allocation bills to make the bills contingent on budget support, even though the judgeship plan was not dependent on funding. By tying the new statewide trial judge plan to ...

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Additional judge endorsements announced

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia has given its top endorsement for a Virginia federal judgeship to veteran U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent. Sargent, with 17 years on the bench, was the only one of six candidates ...

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The Walking Debt?

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A new lawsuit targeting a thriving collections business highlights a long simmering controversy over lawsuits filed by so-called “zombie debt buyers.” When banks and payday lenders write off their bad debts, a busy industry steps in to try to generate ...

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Feds: Lawyer took $2.3M from real estate closings

A Virginia Beach lawyer now faces criminal charges based on allegations he misappropriated more than $2.3 million from money intended to pay off mortgages and other obligations involved in real estate closings. The two-count criminal information filed Thursday in Norfolk ...

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