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Author Archives: Peter Vieth

Judges approve ‘lenient’ suspension for attorney (access required)

Judges who first rejected a mere reprimand for a lawyer who undermined subrogation rights in settlement of a UIM claim have approved a 60-day suspension in a second Virginia State Bar discipline hearing. In addition to the 60-day suspension, Fairfax ...

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School attorneys raise concerns about lay advocates (access required)

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Two Virginia federal judges are wrestling with the status of unlicensed advocates in special education cases, an issue that has raised concerns for school representatives and the Virginia State Bar. One judge declared that a lay advocate is not entitled ...

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Bitter on Twitter (access required)

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The Roanoke Times is asking a judge to force former Times sports reporter Andy Bitter to give up his use of a Twitter account. The owner of the paper has sued in Roanoke federal court claiming it is the rightful ...

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State to boost DUI checkpoints (access required)

Virginia officials plan to beef up DUI enforcement in the two weeks leading up to Labor Day weekend, according the governor’s office. Gov. Ralph Northam and the state Department of Motor Vehicles are joining with state and local police to ...

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State lawyers to get complete Nexus files (access required)

A Richmond judge has ordered immigration bond security company Nexus Services to turn over all information requested by state lawyers investigating possible violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The Virginia attorney general’s office is using a civil investigative demand ...

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5-year ban remains for bankruptcy firm (access required)

A Roanoke federal judge has refused to stay a five-year revocation of practice privileges in the Western District for the national bankruptcy firm UpRight Law. The five-year practice ban, an order to repay client fees and a $250,000 fine were ...

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Judge allows malicious prosecution claims to advance (access required)

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A Richmond federal judge has allowed malicious prosecution claims against a Virginia commonwealth’s attorney and a state detective to go forward. The decision this month keeps alive the complaint filed by a one-time candidate for Greensville County sheriff who contends ...

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Judges reject discipline deal for Fairfax lawyer (access required)

Even though bar prosecutors recommended only a reprimand for a lawyer who scotched the subrogation rights of an uninsured motorist carrier, a three-judge circuit court panel said the case called for a tougher penalty. The judges rejected an agreed disposition ...

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Bitter on Twitter: Newspaper sues ex-staffer over Twitter account (access required)

The Roanoke Times is asking a judge to force former Times sports reporter Andy Bitter to give up his use of a Twitter account. The owner of the paper has sued in Roanoke federal court claiming it is the rightful ...

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