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Rally lawsuit raises ghostwriting issue (access required)

A federal lawsuit targeting organizers of the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville has raised issues regarding ghostwritten legal pleadings for one of the defendants. The defendant – described as a white nationalist radio broadcaster – says he ...

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Bar revokes solo accused of embezzling from client (access required)

A Glen Allen solo lawyer charged with embezzling client money has been disbarred. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the law license of Michael A. Lormand with a summary order on June 22, effective immediately. The board said it ...

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Officers face felony charges in man’s shooting (access required)

Two police officers face three felony charges each in the February shooting of a Lynchburg accountant in his home. The accountant, Walker Sigler, was left with serious and permanent injuries, according to his lawyer. The Lynchburg officers went to Sigler’s ...

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Bankruptcy hearings? There’s an app for that (access required)

Need to keep track of your bankruptcy hearing schedule while on the move? The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District has an app for that. The court has rolled out “ChapMobile,” a free app for iOS and Android devices ...

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VSB offers complete rewrite of UPL rules (access required)


As states take a closer look at how they regulate the legal profession, the Virginia State Bar is considering a complete revision of its rules on unauthorized practice of law. The change potentially could relax restrictions on companies that offer ...

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Bar reimburses victims of lawyer dishonesty (access required)

A panel of the Virginia State Bar awarded $13,640.00 in reimbursement to former clients of three Virginia attorneys at its most recent meeting on May 4, the bar reported. The Clients’ Protection Fund Board also authorized payments totaling $5,800.00 to ...

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Court denies stay of Morrissey disbarment (access required)

Richmond-area lawyer Joe Morrissey will have to close shop as an attorney while he appeals his disbarment by a three-judge circuit court. The Supreme Court of Virginia on June 14 denied Morrissey’s petition for a stay of his license revocation. ...

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Bluefield man accused of $17.7M fraud (access required)

Federal prosecutors are accusing a Bluefield, Virginia, businessman of running schemes that defrauded coal industry investors of $17.725 million. A federal judge in Virginia has frozen the man’s assets. The defendant – Larry Wayne Price Jr. – was jailed last ...

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