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Cuccinelli, McAuliffe trade shots in first debate

The two candidates seeking to be Virginia’s next governor clashed over taxes, spending and Medicaid expansion in a 90-minute campaign curtain raiser at The Homestead Saturday. The debate between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe featured McAuliffe’s efforts to ...

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Old Dominion Bar rates judge candidates

The Old Dominion Bar Association reports its candidate ratings for the upcoming vacancy on the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The candidates and their ratings are as follows: Alan D. Albert                                       Qualified Dabney ...

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Cuccinelli sues Internet payday lender

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed suit in Arlington County Circuit Court against a company allegedly offering loans over the Internet with interest ranging up to 1,300 percent. The suit names Jupiter Funding Group LLC which purportedly operates the ...

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Appeals court affirms 7½-year sentence for mortgage fraudster

Disbarred Washington lawyer Howard Shmuckler, convicted of fraud after being accused of fleecing hundreds of homeowners facing foreclosure, has struck out with efforts to cut his prison sentence and restitution order. Shmuckler, who lived in Virginia Beach before admitting to ...

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Experts fail Daubert test in toxic tort case

Experts proffered by a drugstore employee suing an HVAC contractor were not allowed to testify that the employee’s injuries were caused by exposure to refrigerant gas used in store freezers, a federal appeals court has ruled. Deborah Zellars alleged that ...

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McDonnell names three as circuit judges

Governor Bob McDonnell has appointed judges to fill three of six vacant circuit court positions that were not filled by the 2013 General Assembly. Thursday, McDonnell announced the appointments of Suffolk assistant commonwealth’s attorney Robert H. Sandwich Jr. in the ...

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Doctor who torpedoed his own med mal defense settles case

A Martinsville doctor whose behavior in a medical malpractice case cost him his defense and threatened his insurance coverage has resolved his legal troubles, his lawyer reports. Martinsville Circuit Judge Carter Greer granted summary judgment on liability against cardiologist Jack ...

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Beer cans kept out of big-rig case

Beer containers in the cab of a tractor-trailer could be kept out of evidence at a lawsuit that arose from a collision involving three commercial trucks and a Hyundai sedan, a federal appellate court has ruled. The beer containers were ...

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Carrier faulted for clumsy wording

It was a close call for an insurance company that wanted a plaintiff’s case heard in federal court. Nobody doubted that Selective Way Insurance Company was a citizen of New Jersey entitled to remove a suit filed by DBS Inc. ...

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Judge allows new lawyer for death penalty case

Despite opposition from the commonwealth’s attorney, Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett has allowed a non-Virginia lawyer as part of the defense team for a Colonial Heights man facing the death penalty. Joseph W. Vigneri is an experienced capital defender with ...

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