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Colombell is new US magistrate judge (access required)

Mark R. Colombell was sworn in on May 10 as the newest U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. He will sit in the Richmond Division, according to an announcement from the U.S. district court. A graduate of ...

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Guynn named Salem city attorney (access required)

Longtime local government lawyer Jim H. Guynn Jr. of Salem has been named the permanent legal counsel for that city. The city council selected Guynn for the post at a Monday meeting, according to a city announcement. Guynn had been ...

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Client’s 1st lawyer not required for malpractice action (access required)

Even though a lawyer being sued for malpractice in a divorce case was the wife’s second attorney, the first attorney is not a necessary party to the lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled. In a May 4 opinion and order, ...

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Lawyer accused of role in gold scam (access required)

A Chesapeake lawyer, suspended in 2019 for mishandling of client money, has been accused of losing a friend’s $27,000 in an African gold scam. The friend recently sought reimbursement from the Virginia State Bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund, but was rebuffed. ...

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Partners sacrifice to repay clients after embezzlement (access required)


Four partners in a Charlottesville law firm went without pay for several months last year as the firm struggled to repay clients affected by a half-million-dollar embezzlement. A long-time bookkeeper took money from accounts at Dygert, Wright, Hobbs & Hernandez ...

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Roanoke lawyer faces $742K judgment for botched divorce (access required)

A Roanoke lawyer is defending collection actions on a six-figure judgment after alleged lapses in a divorce action and a resulting legal malpractice lawsuit, according to his client’s new lawyer and Virginia State Bar allegations. Charles “C.J.” Covati undermined his ...

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Hazing lawsuit in Radford survives demurrers (access required)

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A former college freshman who claims he was injured in a hazing ritual can pursue claims against 22 alleged members of a rogue Radford University fraternity. Radford Circuit Judge Josiah T. Showalter Jr. rejected defenses including illegality, contributory negligence and ...

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Court adds oyer to the menu (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has added motions craving oyer to what will become an exclusive list of responsive pleadings in civil actions. The change effective July 5 is seen as reducing the chance of a pleading oversight that results ...

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Court: Black man made to work without pay entitled to $546K (access required)

(AP) After a Black man with intellectual disabilities was enslaved, beaten and forced to work more than 100 hours a week without pay in a South Carolina restaurant, his manager was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay $273,000 in ...

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