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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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Mediation ethics proposed (access required)

Ethics for lawyers acting as mediators would be covered for the first time in the Virginia Code of Professional Responsibility in a draft revision of the code to be presented to the Virginia State Bar Council this week. The new ...

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New ethics code unveiled (access required)

Virginia attorneys may be playing by new rules in coming years, under a major reworking of Virginia’s Code of Professional Responsibility that will be presented to the Virginia State Bar Council when it meets this week. The proposal is a ...

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VSB rebuts criticisms (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly received a copy of the Virginia State Bar response to the voluntary bars’ criticism at press time last week. On Thursday, VSB Council members were mailed an 11-page memo from President Kathleen O’Brien, President-Elect Michael W. Smith ...

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Suspension of sentence revocable (access required)

Even though a convicted criminal served his time and completed his probation, a trial court can revoke the suspension of a sentence arising out of the same criminal acts if he later commits another crime, the Court of Appeals has ...

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