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Chinese drywall class action filed in Norfolk

Five Virginia homeowners – on behalf of “hundreds” with similar claims – have filed a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer, supplier, and installers of allegedly-tainted Chinese drywall used in their homes. Norfolk attorney Richard J. Serpe filed the suit ...

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Washington divided, Cantor tells bar

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor told the Richmond Bar Association today that Washington is “very divided – much more divided than need be and much more divided than the country at large.”   Cantor’s 7th Congressional District includes part of ...

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Hill House dedicated in Roanoke

Veterans of the civil rights battles of Virginia recalled the fight as they honored the memory of attorney Oliver W. Hill on the sunny front lawn of Hill’s boyhood home this afternoon. The house in Roanoke’s Gainsboro community, renovated through ...

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JIRC asks censure for judge

The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission has recommended that the Supreme Court of Virginia censure Virginia Beach J&DR Judge Ramona D. Taylor. The commission alleged that Taylor violated judicial ethics by acting “intentionally to thwart a juvenile defendant’s attempt to ...

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Settling parties seek vacatur, take two

Charlottesville U.S. District Judge Norman Moon is making it clear it will be tough for settling parties to get the court to vacate opinions the parties may find inconvenient. Moon awarded summary judgment to an ERISA plaintiff seeking long-term disability ...

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Feds drop case against Israeli lobbyists

Acting U.S. Attorney Dana Boente of the Eastern District is dropping espionage charges against two Israeli lobbyists. As noted by the Associated Press, the case against Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman of the American Israel Public Afffairs Committee sparked criticism ...

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Feds drop case against Israeli lobbyists

Acting U.S. Attorney Dana Boente of the Eastern District is dropping espionage charges against two Israeli lobbyists. As noted by the Associated Press, the case against Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman of the American Israel Public Afffairs Committee sparked criticism ...

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Criminal charges dropped in campaign ad case

A former Roanoke councilman hit with a civil fine for election law violations will not face parallel criminal charges. A judge dismissed two misdemeanors against Brian Wishneff at the request of both defense attorney John Lichtenstein and special prosecutor John ...

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Attorney Mark Levy found dead at DC office

Washington lawyer Mark I. Levy apparently took his own life this morning at his office at the firm of Kilpatrick Stockton, according to news reports. Mr. Levy was the head of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate advocacy practice.  Published ...

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