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Ex-student’s claim against JMU advances

A federal judge will allow a claim of Title IX discrimination to move forward against James Madison University. A former JMU student contends the school did nothing to stop circulation of a video allegedly showing her abused by fraternity members ...

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Heath petitions for VSB presidency

Newport News attorney Leonard C. Heath Jr. has applied for election as president-elect of the Virginia State Bar. If unopposed, Heath would be elected to that post by acclamation at the bar’s 2017 annual meeting. He then would take office ...

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Virginia judge rejects stay for VW cases

Alexandria U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady has refused to put the brakes on litigation over Volkswagen’s admitted “cheating diesels.” With eight consolidated cases pending in the district that is home to the corporate headquarters of Volkswagen Group of America Inc., ...

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Appeals court tosses conviction in child sex photo case

(AP) A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of a Maryland man who photographed himself and a 7-year-old neighbor having sex. Anthony Palomino-Coronado was sentenced to 30 years after being convicted of persuading a child to engage in sexually ...

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Bankruptcy filers targeted by scammers

Scammers who pretend to be calling from lawyers’ offices are victimizing people who have filed for bankruptcy, court officials say. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia warns that the perpetrators have gathered information from bankruptcy filings ...

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Changes afoot at Goodman Allen

A well-known Virginia firm is undergoing a few changes. The firm formerly known as Goodman Allen & Filetti PLLC is changing its name to Goodman Allen Donnelly. The firm, with offices in Richmond, Norfolk and Charlottesville, is recognizing the contributions ...

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Arlington Bar honors Korman

Arlington lawyer James Korman is being honored with the William L. Winston Award by the Arlington Bar Foundation. The award is being presented at a celebration Nov. 17. The award recognizes members of the community with long-standing public service who ...

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International seminar program moving to Va. CLE

The Supreme Court of Virginia has decided the Virginia State Bar should no longer sponsor its annual Midyear Legal Seminar in which lawyers studied Virginia law in foreign locales. The program will continue under Virginia CLE, a nonprofit division of ...

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810 pass July 2015 bar exam

A total of 810 applicants passed the July 2015 Virginia bar examination, according to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. The overall pass rate was 71.05 percent, which is up from last year’s drop to 68 percent. There were 1,143 ...

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Republicans remain in control of Virginia Senate

(AP) Virginia Republicans have maintained control of the state Senate after a bruising, expensive contest that featured heavy investment from national special interest groups. After both Republicans and Democrats spent millions of dollars, not a single seat flipped control in ...

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