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Jeweler hit with $379k verdict, faces additional legal trouble (access required)

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Two men who claimed that a Nor­folk jeweler sold them engagement rings with low-grade diamonds won verdicts totaling $379,475 against both the business and the principal owner. The jury last month ruled that the evi­dence justified piercing the corporate veil ...

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State court awards $1.9M fee under rate chart (access required)

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Lawyers who handle complex civil cases got a boost several years ago when an Alexandria federal judge endorsed a novel benchmark for fee awards. A new decision from Fairfax shows that benchmark is still alive and making further inroads into ...

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Lawyers punished for helping suspended colleagues (access required)

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“No good deed goes unpunished,” the old saying goes, and some Virginia lawyers have come to re­gret the day they agreed to help out colleagues who temporarily lost the privilege to practice. Two attorneys recently were disciplined for violating ethics ...

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Comp lawyer faces conflict questions (access required)

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A lawyer representing an injured worker has won his challenge to an order requiring him to file with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission a list of all claimants he represented while also representing a medical provider who may have treated ...

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Disbarred lawyer gets recommendation for reinstatement (access required)

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A former Virginia lawyer who embezzled from her law firm, lost her law license and then spent years in professional and personal re­habilitation has won the endorsement of a Virginia State Bar panel in her bid to again practice law. ...

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Product rulings concern plaintiffs’ bar (access required)

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Virginia judges have nullified jury verdicts for alleged victims of dangerous machines in three recent decisions, leading plaintiffs’ lawyers to consider both legislative and venue changes. The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association has formed a task force to examine whether statutory ...

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‘Big Brotherism’? Lawyers speak out about pro bono reporting proposal (access required)

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A call for mandatory reporting of lawyers’ contributions to the pub­lic good shows a sharp divide among lawyers in Virginia. The Virginia State Bar received more than 300 comments on a proposal for required self-reporting on attorney pro bono activities. ...

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