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Bar leaders urge filling vacant judgeships

Leaders of nine statewide bar associations are urging legislators to fund and fill all of Virginia’s trial court judgeships, saying unfilled bench seats are causing severe harm to the judicial system. The unified statement on the cost-saving freeze on judicial ...

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Drug forfeitures to pay for prosecutor training

Money from Virginia’s share of a $1.5 billion settlement of claims against pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories will help pay for training of prosecutors, the state attorney general’s office has announced. $18 million will be set aside to generate interest to ...

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VSB will reconsider reciprocal discipline

Is a lawyer’s sanction imposed by a Maryland federal court worthy of recognition by the Virginia State Bar, so that the same disciplinary penalty can be imposed in Virginia without a new hearing on the facts? A VSB Disciplinary Board ...

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Norfolk prosecutor charged with DUI

Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood was arrested Wednesday night and charged with driving under the influence, police reported Thursday. The arrest occurred in Norfolk, but Underwood was booked in Virginia Beach to avoid a conflict of interest in Norfolk, according ...

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Suit targeting medical article falls short

A federal appeals court has rejected an effort by birth injury victims to discredit a medical article blamed for weakening their medical malpractice cases. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit last week affirmed the dismissal of a ...

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State settles with drug company for $37M

Virginia boosted its recovery from a company accused of Medicaid fraud by passing up a multi-state settlement and – instead – suing the firm in a California federal court, according to the state attorney general’s office. Virginia refused to join ...

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