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IOLTA rolls back July 1 (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council, which twice voted for mandatory IOLTA, has approved a rule change rolling back the program to opt-out status. The March 3 vote, which was unanimous, is part of the procedural follow-through of a deal cut ...

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Negotiating attorneys' fees (access required)

The Mahoney case on good faith also offers guidance on how banks and borrowers can negotiate over attorneys’ fees. While the guarantors appealed as to good faith, the bank appealed on fees. The bank claimed that the trial court should ...

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Tip: Double jeopardy in DUIs? (access required)

Virginia’s new administrative suspension statute may offer a blessing in disguise for DUI defendants: a dismissal of criminal charges. Attorneys are arguing that suspending a driver’s license for a DUI offense and then trying the driver in a criminal case ...

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Court appointments to be insured by state (access required)

Attorneys who handle court-appointed criminal cases will soon get free legal-malpractice coverage from the state for those cases. A bill placing court-appointed counsel under the state’s insurance umbrella breezed through both houses of the General Assembly, 138-0, and was signed ...

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Overton gains Appeals seat (access required)

The General Assembly elected Hampton Circuit Judge Nelson T. Overton to the Virginia Court of Appeals before legislators headed home Feb. 25. Overton’s selection was a compromise, as Democrats in the House and Senate initially failed to agree on a ...

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