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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)

Judge and Attorneys FEA

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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Under fire from judges, national bankruptcy firm reforms (access required)

After a series of strongly worded judicial opinions criticizing its practice model, a national bankruptcy law firm says it’s changing the way it works. The Chicago-based UpRight Law announced July 30 it will transition to a management committee-led governance structure ...

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Lawyer to serve 3 months after jail smuggling plea (access required)

A Richmond lawyer once honored on national television for her work with juvenile offenders will give up her law license and serve three months in jail after admitting to smuggling a cell phone and narcotics to an inmate. The lawyer ...

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State doctor hit with punitives for treatment denial (access required)

Emergency ER Hospital FEA

A patient who claimed he was denied recommended mental health treatment, beaten by another patient and unreasonably restrained at a state hospital won both compensatory and punitive damages against a doctor and a nurse – both state employees – in ...

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