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Judges say local counsel make rocket docket work

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne says local counsel are essential to the smooth functioning of the rocket docket of the Richmond federal courts. “You have to educate the out-of-town lawyers about the way things are done here,” he told ...

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$212M awarded in Botox case

A federal jury in Richmond has awarded $212 million, including $200 million in punitive damages, to a Fredericksburg-area man who suffered severe medical complications from the drug Botox. Douglas Ray Jr. received an injection of the drug to treat a ...

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No new justices, but 14 lower court judges

The General Assembly was too distracted by redistricting this evening to negotiate seriously on filling two vacancies on the Supreme Court of Virginia, but legislators did manage to fill 14 lower court seats on which local delegations had agreed. Senate ...

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No sanctions for removal in Medicare lien case

Federal court may not be the place to resolve a dispute over a Medicare lien for a personal injury settlement, but a federal judge has refused to impose sanctions for bringing the issue to his court. In an order entered ...

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Virginia’s law schools prep for commencement

Virginia’s eight law schools will begin a round of commencement exercises this weekend. The graduation speakers at the schools are an eclectic lot. Here’s a rundown of who will be offering comments at ceremonies across the commonwealth. Appalachian School of ...

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Pay your dues online – but only one at a time

Virginia lawyers will be able to renew their bar licenses online in June. It’s the first time the Virginia State Bar has offered “e-renewal,” but it may not be a boon for all attorneys. The web-based renewal form will allow ...

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Law firm produces reading video

Charlottesville lawyer Kevin Ryan does his best Humphrey Bogart imitation in a video he and three staff members at MichieHamlett produced as part of the Big Read program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The program encourages everyone ...

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Drug court video scores again

The television documentary on the Roanoke Valley’s drug treatment court has picked up another set of awards. “The Arrest Is Only the Beginning” was made in 2009 to demonstrate the effectiveness of Virginia’s drug court programs. The 26-minute video now ...

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