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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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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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