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Lawyer accused of misappropriating client money (access required)

A Portsmouth lawyer allegedly settled five personal injury claims without client permission and failed to pay clients in three of the cases, the Virginia State Bar charges. The bar claims Michael J. Massie misappropriated money in all five cases by ...

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Gustafson is new LeClair CEO (access required)

The Richmond-based firm of LeClairRyan has named C. Erik Gustafson of Alexandria to succeed David Freinberg as chief executive officer. Gustafson was the leader of the firm’s litigation section and previously served as head of the firm’s Alexandria office. His elevation ...

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House leaders reject impeachment for judge (access required)

Leaders of the Virginia House of Delegates say the alleged misbehavior of a Richmond-area judge does not warrant impeachment proceedings and the judge’s limited court schedule may soon be expanded. Three Republican lawyer-legislators met Tuesday with the attorney who represented ...

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Free legal clinics offered for Virginia veterans this week

(AP) Virginia veterans are getting the chance to attend free legal clinics this week. Clinics will be held Tuesday in Chesapeake, Wednesday in Richmond, Thursday in Roanoke and Friday in Annandale. Volunteers will help veterans and their spouses with estate ...

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McDonnell files opening brief to US Supreme Court

(AP) Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s legal team has filed its opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing McDonnell was unfairly convicted on an overly broad definition of bribery. In McDonnell’s brief, his lawyers said the federal government has ...

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Court appoints judges for VW motions (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has named three circuit judges to guide the possible consolidation of Volkswagen “cheating diesel” cases in state courts. Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary hopes to transfer current and future state court cases arising from the company’s dirty ...

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Pleas expected in slayings of 2 students

(AP) A former hospital worker is expected to plead guilty in the high-profile slayings of two college students in Virginia, a prosecutor said Monday. Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci announced the plea agreements in Jesse LeRoy Matthew Jr.’s cases ...

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Judge apologizes for behavior (access required)

A Richmond-area general district judge reportedly wrote four letters of apology to clerks in the courts he served, saying he was “truly sorry” for “offensive conduct and statements.” Judge Robert B. Beasley Jr. is now sitting in only two of ...

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Bar approves diversity funding (access required)

Leaders of the Virginia State Bar resoundingly approved using bar dues to pay for programs of the VSB Diversity Conference Saturday, rejecting concerns about the appearance of coerced funding of political advocacy. The Feb. 27 recommendation of the VSB Council ...

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Lynch praises new US Attorney

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Attorney General Loretta Lynch is praising the new U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia as one of the Justice Department’s most versatile lawyers. Lynch spoke Friday at the installation ceremony in Alexandria for U.S. Attorney Dana ...

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