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3 sentenced on federal fraud, kickback counts

ABINGDON (AP) Three people have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a fraud scheme involving a southwest Virginia utility authority. The defendants sentenced Thursday included two former vice presidents at the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority and a ...

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Appeals court revives copyright suit against Bieber, Usher

(AP) A federal appeals court has reinstated a $10 million lawsuit claiming musicians Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Uber sued for millions after assault of teenage girl

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — Ride-sharing provider Uber faces a $2 million lawsuit after authorities say a driver assaulted a teenager in Virginia Beach. WVEC-TV reports Uber and Isagini Marin, the driver, are listed as defendants in a civil suit filed ...

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Bar leaders resist proposal to return to paper ballots

VIRGINIA BEACH – On the eve of a potential showdown over the use of modern technology in Virginia State Bar presidential elections, a panel of bar leaders declared their unanimous opposition to a proposal to return to paper ballots. A ...

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Bar trips could get high court scrutiny

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Supreme Court of Virginia will review recommendations from a study panel considering the future of overseas legal seminars organized by the Virginia State Bar. The study – now underway – was sparked by criticism arising from ...

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Store discount card helps ID robber (access required)

Customer loyalty cards can seem like a good deal. In fact, a man who was casing a supermarket for a robbery the next day couldn’t resist pulling out his discount card for a few on-camera purchases. Yes, the law caught ...

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Coggins earns highest honor from law library organization

The American Association of Law Library Hall of Fame will award the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor, to Tim Coggins, associate dean for library and information services at the University of Richmond law school. As associate ...

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Richmond attorneys recognized by Jewish Community Federation

Richmond attorneys Brian Greene and Ruth Nathanson Greene received the President’s Award at the May 28 joint annual meeting of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and the Richmond Jewish Federation held at the Weinstein JCC. Richard Samet, president of ...

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Walker installed as president of Richmond Bar Association

J. Tracy Walker IV, a partner at McGuireWoods LLP, became the Richmond Bar Association’s 131st president when he took office on June 1. Walker has a broad litigation practice with a focus on consumer class action litigation. He co-chairs the ...

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Roommates testify at hearing in student slaying case

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) The man accused in the April slaying of his roommate and fellow University of Mary Washington student said he had a physical confrontation with the woman before she was found bound and strangled, the victim’s other roommates testified ...

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