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New VSB council members elected

Five new members of Virginia State Bar Council prevailed in contested mail ballot elections in the 2nd, 4th, 13th, 14th and 18th circuits. In addition, George W. Shanks moved from an ex officio position as head of the Senior Lawyers ...

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Trouble doubles for J&D judge

State police have charged J&D Court Judge Keith Blankenship with hit-and-run after an accident last month in Powhatan County, according to the Wytheville Enterprise. Blankenship is already facing DUI and refusal charges from a traffic stop on March 1. Blankenship, ...

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Legal Food Frenzy exceeds goal

The small Richmond firm of Schettine & Nguyen PLC won the “Attorney General’s Cup” for producing the most food per capita in the second annual Legal Food Frenzy. Other winners included Christian & Barton LLC of Richmond, McKenry, Dancigers, Dawson ...

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Settlement is in the air

Maybe it’s the siren call of the golf course as spring takes hold. A bunch of lawsuits were settled this week. -Nighthawk Radiology, which provides x-ray reads by internet for hospitals without round-the-clock radiologists, will pay $500,000 to settle a ...

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New OxyContin is abuse-hardened

The Roanoke Times says Purdue Pharma, the folks that paid over $630-million in criminal penalties for over-hyping the easily-abused pain pills called OxyContin, now says it has a new version of that time-release medicine that is harder to misuse. Apparently, ...

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Judiciary committee still embroiled

Even though the U.S. Senate judiciary committee is moving ahead with confirmation hearings, including that of Virginia Supreme Court Justice G. Steven Agee yesterday, Republicans reportedly continue to grumble about the pace of judicial confirmations. The Baltimore Sun’s James Oliphant ...

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Lawyers for constitutional officers

Who pays the defense lawyer’s bill when one of Virginia’s elected constitutional officers gets sued? Sometimes, of course, it’s the taxpayers. Constitutional officers seem to be getting sued a lot recently. There is former Sheriff George McMillan in Roanoke (represented ...

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