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Judge allows corporate questioning in Virginia VW cases (access required)

Despite national settlement agreements in which automaker Volkswagen agreed to repair or buy back defective diesel cars, a Virginia judge this month refused to block a deposition of a corporate official with VW’s U.S. subsidiary. Lawyers for one of 20 ...

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Lawyer gets reprimand for prosecution threats (access required)

A Leesburg lawyer has been reprimanded and placed on two years’ probation for threatening to report his litigation adversaries to government authorities. The Virginia State Bar charged Vincent M. Amberly with repeatedly using the threat of criminal or disciplinary charges ...

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Bill to protect jury information survives (access required)

A bill to restrict the release of information about jurors in criminal cases squeaked through the Virginia Senate Monday after legislators clashed over its impact on criminal defense. The bill is intended to close the door on a convict’s ability ...

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Law firm, client both sanctioned for discovery abuse (access required)


A Norfolk federal judge has approved sanctions – in an undisclosed amount – against the law firm of Cooley LLP and its client, a Virginia-based computer security company being sued for infringement. The judge ordered sanctions even though the case ...

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Sanctions result after claim file posted on internet (access required)


An Abingdon federal magistrate judge sanctioned a group of lawyers this month for failing to promptly disclose that they had accessed the claims file of an adversary insurance company. The blunder in making the file available was the primary focus ...

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Legislators question court caseload numbers (access required)


Some state senators on Feb. 9 sharply questioned the accuracy of figures used to decide which empty judgeships are filled in Virginia trial courts. As the Senate squelched a bid to fill two circuit court vacancies in Loudoun and Prince ...

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