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Virginia goes it alone in suit to block health care plan

Thirteen other states joined together to sue the federal government in a Pensacola, Fla., federal court, hoping to block the health care plan now signed into law by President Obama. By contrast, Virginia’s attorney general does a solo act with ...

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UR to honor 4th Circuit’s Gregory

The University of Richmond law school will present its highest honor, the William Green Award for Professional Excellence, this Friday to Judge Roger Gregory of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Gregory was first appointed to the court in ...

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McGuire ex-partner pleads to securities fraud

A former McGuireWoods partner has admitted violating securities laws by trading unregistered shares of client companies. If that sounds more like a New York City crime than an item on a Virginia docket, it is. The defendant is Louis Zehill, ...

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California budget cuts force court closings

A freeze on filling judicial vacancies seems like pretty tame stuff compared with the steps being taken in Los Angeles to address California’s budget woes. The county superior court is laying off 379 workers and closing 17 courtrooms, according to ...

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Judges approve online sales of court recordings

Audio recordings of federal court hearings may soon be available from a court near you, but you can forget about that eight-cent price tag used in a recent pilot project. Downloading a digital audio file from a court session will ...

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Va. whistleblower action is basis of Depakote probe

When Judge Wilson ordered Abbott Laboratories to turn over selected e-mails to federal investigators looking into alleged off-label marketing of Depakote, we had to wonder – why was this high-level pharmaceutical drama playing out in Abingdon, Va.? Abbott is based ...

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