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Drug company must turn over e-mails

An Abingdon U.S. District Court has ordered Abbott Laboratories to turn over e-mails of current and former top executives in a government investigation of health care fraud. Abbott is under investigation for off-label marketing of its drug Depakote, approved by ...

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These court rules are on phone tools

A West Virginia lawyer with a background in computer programming has put the rules he needs for court at this fingertips with four iPhone applications. Robert Bailey of Charleston authored apps for the United States federal rules of procedure, the ...

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Scialdone pleads to cocaine possession

Virginia Beach lawyer Claude M. Scialdone pleaded guilty yesterday to possession of cocaine. Scialdone, 65, had disposition of the charge deferred for a year under the Virginia law that applies to first-time drug offenders. The charge will be dismissed if he ...

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Lawyer wins damages against malpractice carrier

A Richmond federal jury has awarded family law practitioner Terry Batzli damages in his suit against his legal malpractice carrier. A client complained about an alleged drafting error in a settlement agreement and sued Batzli for malpractice. Batzli notified his ...

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Western District drops criminal case ‘gag order’

Adoption of a first-time set of local rules in federal courts of the Western District will mean elimination of a long-standing strict order barring lawyers from disclosing details of criminal cases. The 1983 standing order prohibits disclosure of information about ...

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Attorney who pilfered accounts gets 18 months in prison

Former Franklin lawyer J. Edward Moyler Jr. today was sentenced to one and a half years in prison for stealing more than $4 million from his client accounts. Most of the money came from the estate of a well-known Franklin ...

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