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LINC honors Flax as Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

The Legal Information Network for Cancer awarded Richmond attorney Robert L. Flax with its Krista Latshaw Pro Bono Award. The award is presented each year to one of LINC’s volunteer attorneys who has provided pro bono services to numerous cancer ...

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Jury deadlocks in 4th trial of Danville discrimination case

After two-and-a-half weeks of trial, and three prior trials over four years, the effort to resolve a contractor’s discrimination claims has again ended in frustration in Danville federal court. A hung jury resulted in a mistrial Wednesday for the case ...

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3 charged with impeding probe of sisters’ murder get lawyers

BEDFORD (AP) Three people charged with impeding the investigation of the 1975 slayings of two Maryland sisters have obtained legal representation in Virginia. Leslie Engleking is charged with perjury. Gladys Stangee and Amy Johnson are charged with obstruction of justice. ...

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Herring to run for re-election as attorney general

(AP)  Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday he will seek another four-year term as Virginia’s top attorney rather than pursue the governor’s mansion, helping to clear a path for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam to secure the Democratic nomination in 2017. ...

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Judge says he’ll sign off on Patriot Coal asset sale

(AP) A bankruptcy judge has told Patriot Coal that it can sell its remaining assets at auction. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Keith Phillips said on Monday at a hearing in Richmond that he would sign off on Patriot holding an auction ...

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Ex-lawyer who hid fees from law firm sentenced to 4 months

A former Southwest Virginia attorney who once helped administer a fund for victims of dishonest lawyers has been sentenced to four months in prison for pocketing advance fees from bankruptcy clients. Federal authorities say Tony M. Hutchinson of Bristol stole ...

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Court revives borrower’s ‘face time’ claim

A mortgage company’s failure to get up close and personal with a defaulting borrower means she gets another chance to prove her breach of contract claim. On Sept. 1, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated summary judgment for ...

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VSB revokes lawyer after settlement money goes missing

A lawyer accused of converting a disabled student’s settlement money to the lawyer’s own use has been disbarred in an expedited Virginia State Bar proceeding and could face criminal charges. The VSB Disciplinary Board revoked the license of Darryl A. ...

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McAuliffe restores voting rights of more than 10K Virginians

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his administration has restored the voting and civil rights of more than 10,000 Virginians with criminal records. The Democratic governor said Monday that more Virginians have had their rights restored under his watch than under ...

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Courts to close for bike race Sept. 25

Downtown Richmond is bracing for a cluster of bicycle races on Sept. 25. The consensus strategy for some government agencies appears to be to stay home that day. The Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia ...

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