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Lawyers win $5.3M fee award in FCRA suit

A team of lawyers that included Virginia litigators has won a $5.3 million fee award in a consumer class action suit alleging defendant LexisNexis Risk & Information Analytics Group Inc. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Lawyers from Houston and ...

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Virginia bar dues to increase

The Supreme Court of Virginia is raising the dues for Virginia lawyers. Effective July 1 of next year, dues for active bar members will increase by $25, from $225 to $250. The change reverses a dues decrease of three years ...

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VSB Pro Bono Awards Announced

The Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award this year will be shared by the Legal Information Network for Cancer and two lawyers, M. Steven Weaver and Glenn M. Hodge, who helped start what has been called ...

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Doucette honored by police chiefs

Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette has been honored by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police for his work in the Virginia criminal justice system. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo, outgoing VACP president, presented the 2014 President’s Award to Doucette ...

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Decline in law students may persist, dean says

ROANOKE – The unprecedented decline in law school applications over the past decade seems resistant to economic change, one law school dean told Roanoke lawyers Tuesday. Mathew D. Staver, dean of Liberty University law school, says the drop in interest ...

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HOA dues fight generates $50K lawyer bill (access required)

A Dumfries couple who had been fighting a dues assessment by their homeowners association since 2008 won on one count in Alexandria federal court, but lost an appeal of their suit alleging the HOA violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The homeowners ...

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Mom’s Pell Grant counts as income (access required)

A court calculating child support should include a $5,500 education Pell Grant the mother received for her dental assistant studies, the Virginia Court of Appeals said in a first-impression ruling on Sept. 9. Father Michael A. Oley had custody of his three ...

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Neely stays as prosecutor in Morrissey case

The judge in Del. Joe Morrissey’s sexual misconduct case has rejected Morrissey’s bid to banish both the special prosecutor and the criminal indictments. In a four-page opinion, Stafford County Circuit Judge J. Martin Bass denied a defense motion to remove ...

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