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Lawyers warned of bar notice scam

Lawyers in a number of states have reported receiving emails inviting them to click on a link to get more information about a bar complaint against them. Clicking the link could install malicious software that will lock up the lawyer’s ...

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Quiet settlement ends Taser lawsuit (access required)

The family of a man who died in police custody in South Boston after repeated shocks from stun guns has settled its $25 million lawsuit against police officers. Terms of the settlement were not available. Lawyers for the two sides ...

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$20M lawsuit filed over jail inmate’s death

(AP) The mother of a 26-year-old man who died at Richmond City Justice Center has filed a $20 million wrongful-death lawsuit. The lawsuit claims Gregory Lee Hill was treated for the wrong medical condition, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The lawsuit ...

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Man pleads to role in same-sex parental kidnap case

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Nicaragua resident has pleaded guilty to helping a mother move her daughter out of the United States to avoid sharing custody with her former same-sex partner in Vermont. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo, New York, ...

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Couric urges court to throw out lawsuit

(AP) Lawyers for journalist Katie Couric are urging a federal judge to dismiss a $12 million defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia gun rights activists over what they call a misleading documentary edit. The Virginia Citizens Defense League filed a lawsuit in ...

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NC man charged with multimillion-dollar fraud

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Federal authorities say a hearing will be held next week in Virginia for a North Carolina man accused of promising to invest millions of dollars in U.S. Treasury bills and instead using the money for risky trades ...

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Richmond law firms to merge (access required)

Richmond-based law firms McCandlish Holton and Morris & Morris are joining forces effective Dec. 1, the two firms announced Wednesday. The combined firm will have 39 lawyers with offices in Richmond, Fairfax and Roanoke, according to a news release. Both ...

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Judge decries ‘unjust’ sentence, legal obstacles (access required)

A Charlottesville federal judge has leveled sharp criticism at “procedural roadblocks” preventing correction of a “gravely unjust” sentence for a man convicted under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon said he was powerless to vacate ...

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Jail: Man wanted in son’s death killed himself in cell

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) Officials say a man wanted in the death of his 1-year-old son died in his jail cell by an apparent suicide. The Riverside Regional Jail told local news media outlets that it appeared 25-year-old Artur Kharendzyuk killed ...

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West Virginia regulators, Alpha settle bankruptcy case suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia regulators have settled a lawsuit brought against Alpha Natural Resources over concerns about the coal producer’s reclamation obligations as it emerges from bankruptcy. A Virginia court approved Alpha’s bankruptcy plan in July. But in November, Alpha ...

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