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Deals reportedly reached for some trial judgeships

The General Assembly is expected to fill circuit court openings in Virginia Beach and on the Eastern Shore during today’s meeting. Disagreements between Democratic and Republican lawmakers had prevented officials from electing judges in these circuits, according toThe Virginian-Pilot. A ...

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LEO barring Medicare indemnity is approved

A legal ethics opinion declaring it unethical for plaintiffs’ lawyers to indemnify insurance companies against unforeseen liens has been approved by the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. LEO 1858 holds it improper for the insurance company lawyer ...

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DiscoverReady acquires ACT Litigation Services

The Dolan Company (NYSE:DM) announced earlier this week that its DiscoverReady subsidiary had completed a significant strategic expansion in the electronic discovery sector with the acquisition of the assets of ACT Litigation Services, based in Valencia, Calif. The purchase price ...

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School can discipline ‘Charm Queen’ for hateful website

Can a public school system suspend a student for posting ugly accusations about another student on a Myspace page? Absolutely, said the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an opinion decided Tuesday. Kara Kowalski, the “Queen of Charm” at ...

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VSB order recommends no reinstatement for Morrissey

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has issued its formal order recommending denial of Del. Joe Morrissey’s petition for reinstatement of his law license. The order restates at considerably greater length – 63 pages to be exact – the findings ...

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Demand steady for Va. law licenses

Security was tight and tension was in the air at the Roanoke Civic Center this week as 1,513 applicants sat for the Virginia Bar Exam. Scott Street, secretary-treasurer of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, said the number of test ...

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Eastern Shore lawyers catch waves before work

One of the advantages of a practice near the shore is the opportunity to turn an early morning workout into a surfin’ safari. Some lawyers from Ocean City, Md., skip the golf course and head for the breakers for companionship ...

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