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Paper Fight: Lawyer seeking documents must buy transcript (access required)

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An Abingdon federal judge settled a discovery face-off between opposing lawyers with a ruling that brought cheers from court reporters weary of having their work copied and distributed for free. In a discovery dispute, U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent ...

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Block-busters: Some judges frown on block billing, but others OK single-entry timekeeping

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Block billing. It’s a buzz phrase that can prompt a court to slash a lawyer’s fee request, anywhere from 10 percent to 35 percent. Lawyers know courts – and some clients – frown on the practice of lumping together lots ...

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Federal court OKs liquor ads in college papers

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(AP) — The student newspapers at two of Virginia’s biggest universities can run advertisements for alcohol despite a ban the state says is intended to curb illegal underage drinking, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A panel of the 4th ...

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Mediation plan questioned in meningitis cases (access required)

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Lawyers for Virginia patients who claim they contracted fungal meningitis from medicine prepared by a Massachusetts laboratory are skeptical about the reach of an early mediation proposal offered by a federal judge. ‘The mediation proposal appears designed to bring defendants ...

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‘Right to Like’ gets protection under appeals court ruling

Clicking a “Like” button on the Facebook page of his boss’s political rival was protected speech that should not be the basis of a deputy’s firing, a federal appeals court has ruled. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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