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DUI defendant protects hospital records

A Norfolk Circuit Court has denied a prosecutor’s request for a DUI defendant’s hospital records from the night he was arrested at the hospital where he was taken after a traffic accident. In a case of apparent first impression, Norfolk ...

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Homeowners ass’n not liable for road maintenance levies

A property owners association may be powerless to collect assessments from community landowners to pay for road improvements, but at least it’s not liable for racketeering in the attempt, according to a ruling yesterday from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Prince William drops loitering charges against Hispanics

The Prince William County’s commonwealth’s attorney has withdrawn charges against a group of Hispanic men who were cited for loitering in front of their own apartment building. The ACLU, which represented the men, claimed victory . "This is the second ...

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Hospital urges dismissal of consultant’s lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad seemed reluctant this week to pull the plug on a lawsuit alleging Rockingham Memorial Hospital is reneging on a deal to share revenue from a consultant’s secret idea to boost Medicare reimbursement. At a hearing ...

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Thefts from Birth Injury Fund alleged

A former claims manager for the Virginia Birth Injury Fund has been indicted on federal charges related to the alleged embezzlement of more than $800,000 from the fund. Iris F. Allen, 44, of Richmond worked for the fund from 2004 ...

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Web site demands client payment

Ever want to buy a billboard to dun a deadbeat client? A French law firm tried a similar approach to collecting a legal fee. It registered the purported client’s personal name as a domain name and dunned him for the ...

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Keenan hearing to be Webcast

You can watch Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the committee’s Web site. Just go to judiciary.senate.gov and click on the Nominations link on its home page. That ...

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