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ALPS keeps A- rating

The Virginia State Bar’s endorsed insurance carrier has retained its healthy assessment from insurance rating agency A.M. Best. ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company continues to hold an A- (Excellent) rating with a stable outlook, ALPS reported Wednesday. The news ...

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Portsmouth lawyer pleads to assault

A Portsmouth lawyer accused of inappropriately touching a female deputy has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge. Sterling H. Weaver Sr., 65, entered an Alford plea, which means he did not admit guilt but acknowledged the evidence was sufficient ...

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Senate confirms Lauck for federal bench

The U.S. Senate today unanimously confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The vote was 90-0. Lauck was nominated by President Barack Obama in December and ...

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Police officer sues newspaper for defamation

A Culpeper police captain says he was portrayed as corrupt and dishonest in news articles published by the Culpeper Star Exponent. Christopher Settle has sued the paper and news reporter Allison Brophy Champion for defamation, demanding $1.35 million. The Culpeper ...

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Armstrong, Dillon recommended for WD judgeship

Virginia’s two U.S. senators have recommended former Martinsville Del. Ward L. Armstrong and Salem lawyer Elizabeth K. Dillon for a soon-to-be vacated seat on the federal bench in the Western District. President Barack Obama will make the nomination for the ...

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Court: Beware of ‘Court Notice’ emails

The Supreme Court of Virginia is sounding a warning about official-looking emails carrying viruses. The court’s Office of the Executive Secretary said it learned of a scam in which an email appears to be an official communication from a Virginia ...

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