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Bar proposal would streamline advertising rules (access required)


Three years after a simplification of Virginia’s rules on lawyer advertising, a Virginia State Bar committee is proposing to strip even more specific language from the rules. The new proposal follows a national report labeling most lawyer marketing rules “outdated ...

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How clients choose a litigation law firm (access required)


Choosing a litigation law firm can be an intimidating process. For firms hoping to pick up business, it’s helpful to know how potential clients are advised to go about the business of shopping for a litigation firm. A business entity ...

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The new overtime rules (access required)


New federal overtime rules may affect law firms more in the advice they give than in any changes they make to their own operations. New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Labor effective in Decem­ber will push the minimum salary ...

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Bar won’t back pro bono reporting (access required)


ROANOKE – A proposal to require lawyers to report their pro bono contributions each year will go to the Supreme Court of Virginia without the blessing of the Virginia State Bar. Members of the VSB Council voted 29-25 Friday not ...

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Jeweler hit with $379k verdict, faces additional legal trouble (access required)


Two men who claimed that a Nor­folk jeweler sold them engagement rings with low-grade diamonds won verdicts totaling $379,475 against both the business and the principal owner. The jury last month ruled that the evi­dence justified piercing the corporate veil ...

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State court awards $1.9M fee under rate chart (access required)

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Lawyers who handle complex civil cases got a boost several years ago when an Alexandria federal judge endorsed a novel benchmark for fee awards. A new decision from Fairfax shows that benchmark is still alive and making further inroads into ...

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Lawyers punished for helping suspended colleagues (access required)


“No good deed goes unpunished,” the old saying goes, and some Virginia lawyers have come to re­gret the day they agreed to help out colleagues who temporarily lost the privilege to practice. Two attorneys recently were disciplined for violating ethics ...

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Comp lawyer faces conflict questions (access required)


A lawyer representing an injured worker has won his challenge to an order requiring him to file with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission a list of all claimants he represented while also representing a medical provider who may have treated ...

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