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Judicial Council endorses pilot project for agency e-filing

Child support documents could be electronically filed by a state agency under a pilot program authorized by a rule change approved on Nov. 30 by the Judicial Council, the Supreme Court of Virginia’s policymaking body. If approved by the Supreme ...

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Lawyer suspended for repeat incompetence

A lawyer who bungled two costly cases for the same client has had his license suspended for 60 days by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board. Jerrod M. Smith of Chesterfield mishandled both a pharmaceutical product liability claim and a ...

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Virginia seeing numerous drug-related underwear thefts

(AP) Virginia authorities say they have noticed a rise in people trying to steal underwear in order to earn money to buy drugs. Criminals are lured to the underwear because the clothing is easy to hide and it can be ...

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Report: Arrests for marijuana on the rise in Virginia

(AP) Virginia has seen a sharp rise in the number of arrests for marijuana possession over the last decade, particularly among black residents, a new report says. The report issued by the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance shows that marijuana possession ...

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Company files 2nd lawsuit seeking to mine uranium

(AP) A mining company that wants to tap one of the richest deposits of uranium in the world says it has filed a second legal challenge to Virginia’s 33-year ban on the mining of the radioactive ore. Virginia Uranium Inc. ...

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Lawyer dodges divorce scam

A Roanoke lawyer managed to avoid trouble recently when he spotted some questionable details in divorce papers sent by a would-be client. The incident is the latest in email-based scams targeting lawyers in Virginia. Many turn out to involve counterfeit ...

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Fourth Circuit denies appeal of man who killed Richmond family

(AP) A man who was sentenced to death in the New Year’s Eve 2006 slaying of a Richmond couple and their two young daughters lost his appeal before a federal appeals court Wednesday. Ricky Jovan Gray claimed that his trial ...

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Family sues PETA for $9.7M, says workers euthanized pet

NORFOLK (AP) A family is suing PETA for $9.7 million after they say workers from the organization euthanized their Chihuahua. The Virginian-Pilot reports Wilber Zarate and his daughter each sued the group Tuesday in Norfolk Circuit Court for $2 million. ...

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Law firm had high head-count for fees

A copyright case against a design firm was over-lawyered, at least in terms of the fees requested, an Alexandria federal judge suggested earlier this month. The court recognized that the case likely had been brought in order to win a ...

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SCC orders Dominion to refund $19.7M to Virginia customers

(AP) State regulators have ordered Dominion Virginia Power to refund $19.7 million to customers. The State Corporation Commission ruled Monday that Dominion customers paid too much in 2013 and 2014. The commission reached that conclusion during its regular biennial review ...

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