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Murray agrees to 5-year bar suspension in wake of sanctions payment (access required)

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Matthew B. Murray of Charlottesville has accepted a five-year suspension of his law license to resolve discipline charges arising from a contentious trial and a record-breaking verdict in 2010, according to the Virginia State Bar. The misconduct charges focused on ...

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Changes to diagnostic manual will impact litigation (access required)

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Changes in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual are likely to have an impact in the courtroom. The fifth iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – better known as DSM-5 – updated ...

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Whistleblower wins $950,000 (access required)

A whistleblower seeking protection under the anti-retaliation provision of the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act won $950,000 in what is believed to be the first trial under the statute in the state. After reporting intentional or fraudulent actions by employees at Midlothian-based ...

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Estate settles texting-and-driving suit for $800,000 (access required)

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Distracted drivers – talking, texting, e-mailing, or playing “Words with Friends” – are increasingly causing serious accidents and finding themselves targets for lawsuits. Jay Tronfeld of Richmond said his firm sees cases “all the time,” particularly involving younger, texting drivers. ...

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Judge approves Virginia Chinese drywall settlements (access required)

A federal judge has approved settlements totaling more than $17 million for Virginia homeowners whose homes were damaged by noxious Chinese drywall. The four settlements involve so-called “downstream entities,” including companies that distributed the tainted wallboard in Virginia, and should ...

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McDonnell keeps lawyering up, with Brownlee latest hire

(AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell added former Virginia U.S. attorney John Brownlee to the private legal team he’s assembling to cope with state and federal investigations into gifts to him and his family from the head of a troubled nutritional supplements ...

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