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Court: Limit requests for sealing documents

The judges of the Eastern District federal courts plan to change the rules for filing documents under seal. Instead of first asking for permission to file a document under seal in a civil case, the court proposes to have lawyers ...

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LeClair to step aside as firm chairman

Entrepreneur lawyer Gary D. LeClair is handing over the reins of the law firm he led for 28 years. Effective Dec. 31, LeClair will step down as chairman of the national law firm he co-founded in 1988 as a venture ...

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Sotomayor: Friend convinced her, ‘This isn’t about you’

(AP) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that she nearly pulled out of the confirmation process, but a friend — noting the lack of Hispanics in national leadership — told her, “This isn’t about you.” She stuck with ...

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Prosecution, defense rest in trial of ex-coal boss

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Defense attorneys for ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship rested their case Monday without calling any witnesses, a strategy in a criminal trial that experts say is rare, aggressive and risky. Blankenship is being tried on charges of ...

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U.S. Supreme Court to consider Va. redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who want the court to reinstate a congressional map drawn by state lawmakers. The justices said Friday they will review a lower court ruling that ...

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Publicity an issue in Taser death case

ROANOKE – Despite claims that a “media blitz” over a man’s death in police custody was fueled by inflammatory language in lawyers’ court filings, a federal judge declined to impose sanctions against lawyers who described the incident as “murder.” The ...

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Court to rehear cases on ‘voidable’ marriage, support

The Court of Appeals has decided to rehear two of its latest published family law decisions: one ruling that refused to recognize a marriage when the wedding occurred before the couple obtained a license, and a second case that said ...

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Lawyer revoked for mishandling clients’ money

A Woodbridge lawyer accused of commingling and converting client money had his law license revoked in an expedited proceeding last month. The Virginia State Bar accused Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla of using his office trust account – not to ...

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Monday elected to appellate law fellowship

Roanoke attorney Monica T. Monday has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The Academy inducted Monday to its membership in a Nov. 9 ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Academy recognizes the skill ...

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