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Banks escape from mortgage fraud lawsuit

Virginia investors who claim they were defrauded into buying overpriced real estate in coastal Carolina have lost their bid to sue seven banks in their federal mortgage fraud lawsuit. In a 36-page memorandum order, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ...

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Another loss for a ‘big box’ developer

Developers who hoped to build a 184,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter in Abingdon did not have “vested rights” for the project even though the town planning commission may have approved by default a final site plan, under a ruling last week by ...

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Supreme Court won’t hear immunity case

The Supreme Court of Virginia has decided that a third major charitable immunity case in four years isn’t necessary. The court refused a petition for appeal last week in Figueroa-Jiminez v. Didlake Inc., Record No. 091183, a case from Prince ...

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‘Silence is commanded…’

When a disgruntled defendant insisted on offering his views of the legal process and his own lawyer’s competence during a preliminary hearing last week, Canton (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden found a handy solution.  He ordered the defendant’s mouth ...

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‘Silence is commanded…’

When a disgruntled defendant insisted on offering his views of the legal process and his own lawyer’s competence during a preliminary hearing last week, Canton (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden found a handy solution.  He ordered the defendant’s mouth ...

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Dust settles in Web site duel

Dueling lawyer Web sites were left standing when the dust settled in Alexandria federal district court last week. Two Northern Virginia lawyers with the same surname developed the Web sites to market their separate specialties. H. Jay Spiegel, a Mt. ...

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