Even though a federal appeals court said a trial judge was too quick to dismiss a copyright challenge over a 2010 Justin Bieber hit, the Canadian pop singer could prevail on a second visit to Norfolk U.S. District Court. A ...Read More »
A South Carolina county jail violated an inmate’s due process rights when it denied him a hearing prior to sentencing him to two stints in disciplinary segregation, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held Nov. 7. In 2013, plaintiff ...Read More »
Four fired employees of a Southside community services agency saw their defamation and related claims tossed out of court last month. The four were terminated in January after bringing complaints about the operation of the Crossroads Community Services Board to ...Read More »
A mother who tried to cut off her children’s court-ordered visitation with their grandparents after moving from Ohio to Virginia has lost her appeal to modify the Ohio order in Virginia courts. The mother argued that the Virginia trial court ...Read More »
A Southside circuit judge last month refused to impose capital punishment on an intellectually disabled convicted murderer, despite efforts by state lawyers to establish that the killer was eligible for the death penalty. Judge Joel C. Cunningham sentenced 45-year-old James ...Read More »
A Roanoke County jury this month awarded $100,000 to a one-time office staffer who complained she was sexually assaulted by her chiropractor boss. The jury accepted the ex-employee’s version of events in a courtroom credibility contest with chiropractor Joshua D. ...
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The Supreme Court of Virginia has added a new rule establishing standards for courts’ collection of fines and costs. The rule comes amid criticism – and a federal lawsuit – focusing on how court financial obligations and driver’s license suspensions ...
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A former Tidewater attorney has caused a program funded by Virginia lawyers to pay out more than $183,000 to victims of his alleged dishonesty. Steven Lieberman, who practiced in both Norfolk and Virginia Beach until he accepted disbarment, was convicted ...Read More »
In a decision that one lawyer says will create two separate classes of Virginia jail employees, a circuit judge has ruled that Virginia’s regional jails and their staff are not entitled to sovereign immunity. The decision appears to be the ...Read More »