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Lawyer must check on appeals (access required)

A lawyer who failed to check on appeals pending before the U.S. Supreme Court provided “ineffective assistance of counsel” and his client deserves a new trial, a Newport News federal district judge has ruled. In vacating the conviction, the judge ...

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IOLTA revolt repelled (access required)

CHANTILLY–The Virginia State Bar Council has crushed an effort to derail mandatory IOLTA, rejecting by a 2-1 margin a resolution to roll IOLTA back to a voluntary “opt-out” program. At its meeting in Chantilly Oct. 20, the council voted 19-41-3 ...

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Ch. 13 stay violated by bank freeze (access required)

A bank that placed an “administrative freeze” on a debtor’s checking account violated the automatic stay in bankruptcy and must pay the debtor punitive damages, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. ...

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