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Cuccinelli settles lawsuit against conservative PAC

(AP) Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has won a legal victory against a conservative political action committee he accused of duping political donors. Federal court papers filed last week show that Cuccinelli and the Arlington-based Conservative StrikeForce PAC reached ...

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Lawyer again charged with sarcastic behavior

A Virginia Beach lawyer already on probation for his behavior during trial has been hit with new charges of misconduct by the Virginia State Bar. John G. “Jack” Crandley “verbally attacked and harassed” an opposing lawyer at a deposition “by ...

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AG Herring passes on Supreme Court Sweet Briar case

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has declined an invitation from the Supreme Court of Virginia to add his voice to the dispute over whether the courts should delay plans to shut down Sweet Briar College. The justices extended an opportunity ...

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Virginia death row appeal focuses on ‘adaptive functioning’

(AP) Arguments in a federal appeals court suggest that a Virginia death row inmate’s claim that he can’t be executed because he is intellectually disabled could turn on his ability to handle everyday tasks. A three-judge panel of the 4th ...

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Circus performers win contract case

Life under the Big Top is not all clown cars and high-wire acts. Sometimes there are employment disputes, as in any other line of work. Two brothers who had a “comedy horse riding act” won a contract dispute after they ...

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Bar: Lawyer blamed lapses on phantom assistant

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has disbarred a former Alexandria attorney who allegedly blamed a pattern of missed payments on a nonexistent office assistant. A bar investigator said he never found any sign of the office staffer that Elizabeth ...

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Court enforces harassment settlement (access required)

A plaintiff tried to walk away from an agreement to settle her sexual harassment case, but an Alexandria federal court said the employer could enforce the settlement. U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady said the plaintiff had signed off on the ...

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VHSL reaches settlement in lawsuit filed by private school

(AP) The Virginia High School League and Lynchburg’s Liberty Christian Academy have reached a settlement in the school’s antitrust lawsuit against the league. The league, based in Charlottesville, oversees athletic and academic competition at more than 300 public schools in ...

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UPS settles complaint it shortchanged government customers

ATLANTA (AP) United Parcel Service Co. has agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle complaints that it kept false records to hide late deliveries and collect more for overnight packages to government customers. The Department of Justice said ...

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4th Circuit rules against NAACP in trademark case

(AP) A federal appeals court says an advocacy group did not violate the NAACP’s trademark by calling it the “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People.” The unanimous ruling Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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