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Banished bankruptcy lawyer hopes for return (access required)

A former bankruptcy lawyer permanently barred from eastern Virginia bankruptcy courts is asking a judge to allow the possibility of his return to practice. Even if the federal judge agrees, several hurdles confront Kenneth W. Paciocco, who was disbarred by ...

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The 5 Ps and the use of emotion in a jury trial (access required)

Jury FEA

Jurors are instructed to put aside their sympathies and decide the case on the evidence and the law, according to their good judgment and common sense. But as we all know, jurors are human beings, and they are not purely ...

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Mishandling escrow money brings 4-year suspension (access required)

A lawyer who allegedly transferred away his responsibility to manage nearly $400,000 in escrowed real estate transaction money has been suspended for four years. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed the suspension for Rocco J. DeLeonardis Jr. of Reston ...

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One storm, two claims for coverage (access required)

Ice Storm Icy Branch FEA

When an ice storm knocked trees onto the porch of her barn in March of 2013, ClaraBelle Wheeler thought she could handle the matter herself. After inspecting the damage, she paid cash to a couple of “day laborers” to make ...

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The downside of anti-theft tracking software (access required)

Laptop Theft Thief Stolen FEA

Imagine walking into your office one morning and discovering that overnight some of your office equipment had been stolen, in­cluding a laptop. In this scenario, you had installed anti-theft soft­ware on the laptop. Immediate­ly upon realizing the laptop was missing, ...

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