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Roanoke doctor settles defamation claim

A Roanoke anesthesiologist who sued a trauma surgeon for critical statements he made after the death of a patient has settled his defamation claim for an undisclosed amount. The $2.35-million suit filed by Dr. Bradley J. Cashion had been cleared ...

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Dried toothpaste was no threat, court said

A Norfolk federal district court erred when it significantly increased a defendant’s sentence for sending a threatening letter to the clerk’s office that included dried, powdery toothpaste in the letter’s envelope. Enhancing the sentence was inappropriate, according to a three-judge ...

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Lawyers for inmates seek $2M in fees

Lawyers who won medical reforms for Virginia women inmates are asking a federal judge to award them more than $2 million in fees. The attorneys’ fee petition filed Tuesday follows last month’s settlement of the class action lawsuit with the ...

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