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Law firm, client both sanctioned for discovery abuse (access required)

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A Norfolk federal judge has approved sanctions – in an undisclosed amount – against the law firm of Cooley LLP and its client, a Virginia-based computer security company being sued for infringement. The judge ordered sanctions even though the case ...

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Sanctions result after claim file posted on internet (access required)

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An Abingdon federal magistrate judge sanctioned a group of lawyers this month for failing to promptly disclose that they had accessed the claims file of an adversary insurance company. The blunder in making the file available was the primary focus ...

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Lawyers’ right to withdraw wins favor at Assembly (access required)

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Virginia criminal defense lawyers may have a way to get out of a case if the client fails to pay as agreed, even if a judge disapproves. House Bill 1411 would give a privately retained lawyer the right to withdraw ...

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Hospital can charge for ‘provider portal’ access (access required)

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A Virginia hospital can ask a plaintiff to cover the cost of a hospital employee to assist the plaintiff’s lawyer in navigating an online portal for a client’s medical records, a Norfolk Circuit Court has ruled. Citing federal regulations under ...

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Million-Dollar Settlements 2016 (access required)

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Presenting the 2016 compilation Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents the survey of “Million-Dollar Settlements of 2016.” This annual compilation recaps big settlements from across the commonwealth of the past year. Our criteria for making the list are simple: The settlement must ...

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Court rules misplaced surgery is not battery (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has rerouted a short cut to recovery for some surgery patients. The court ruled this month that a surgeon who mistakenly operated on the wrong level of a patient’s spine cannot be sued for battery. ...

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JIRC urges censure of judges for courthouse advocacy (access required)

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Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission says two judges who publicly urged voters to reject a county courthouse relocation proposal should be disciplined for “political activity.” The JIRC is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to censure Court of Appeals ...

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Support waived, but contempt for nonpayment (access required)

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A husband could be cited for contempt for failure to make agreed-upon periodic payments to his ex-wife, even though she waived spousal support in language incorporated into their final divorce decree. The husband could not avoid the contempt citation by ...

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Lawyer surrenders license after escrow money taken (access required)

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A Virginia Beach real estate lawyer gave up her law license last month amid investigation of a business associate who may have looted more than $700,000 from the lawyer’s escrow account. Beverly A. English, also known as Beverly E. Taylor, ...

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President’s immigration order sends lawyers scrambling (access required)

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Few lawyers get to work with a cheering section behind them, but that was the situation on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Washington Dulles International Airport. Lawyers had descended on the airport in response to word that travelers were being blocked ...

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