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Lynchburg’s Robin Wood honored

Robert “Robin” C. Wood III of Lynchburg, who has been practicing law for more than fifty years, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Tradition of Excellence award by the Virginia State Bar’s General Practice Section. Among many other ...

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GMU law announces new dean

George Mason University law school has named one of its faculty, Prof. Henry N. Butler, as dean. A son of the late Rep. M. Caldwell Butler of Roanoke, Butler currently serves as George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law and ...

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Creditor can collect against PLLC interest (access required)

A bank can get a charging order against a debtor’s interest in an accounting professional limited liability corporation, a Norfolk Circuit Court said on April 20. PLLCs are a species of limited liability corporations that have a particular professional focus, ...

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Trial of man charged in Alexandria slayings moved to Fairfax

ALEXANDRIA (AP) — A judge has granted a change in venue for the trial of a Virginia man in the shooting deaths of three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span. Judge Jane Roush on Thursday ordered the trial for 54-year-old ...

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Man sentenced for arson spree on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

ACCOMAC (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for setting more than 60 fires on the Eastern Shore. Charles Smith III pleaded guilty in October 2013 to 67 counts of arson and one count of ...

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WARN Act cases settle for $1.7M

Three class action lawsuits arising from coalfield layoffs in 2013 have produced settlements totaling $1.735 million. The suits under the federal WARN Act alleged the coal mining companies, all controlled by Appalachian coal billionaire Jim Justice, laid off approximately 233 ...

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Koontz honored by Dalton Inn of Court

SALEM — Virginia Supreme Court Senior Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. was honored Monday for his lifetime of service on the bench, which includes work on every level of court in the state. Koontz received what was formerly known as ...

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Prosecutor to call grand jury in Geer shooting

FAIRFAX (AP) A northern Virginia prosecutor says he will convene a special grand jury to hear evidence in the fatal police shooting of a man in his doorway in 2013. Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh said Wednesday that he asked a Fairfax ...

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Support continues for ex-wife in same-sex couple

A husband could not cut off spousal support because his ex-wife was living with and engaged to another woman, the Virginia Court of Appeals said on April 21. Virginia’s statute that halts termination for “cohabitation” did not apply because Virginia ...

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Va. court affirms dad’s rights in turkey baster conception

(AP) A woman who used a turkey baster to impregnate herself is on the losing side of a legal battle over parental rights. The Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the child’s biological father is more than a sperm donor ...

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