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Model policy would allow cellphones in courthouses (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is recommending that local judges and sheriffs generally allow visitors to bring cellphones and other personal devices into state courthouses. The court’s proposed policy would allow visitors to bring electronic devices – set in silent ...

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City’s legal bills subject to FOIA, even in heat of litigation (access required)


Although a Virginia city claimed it had special concerns about releasing legal bills to a litigation opponent, the Supreme Court of Virginia found no reason to alter the usual standards for attorney-client and work product materials. In a Dec. 6 ...

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Davis is Eastern District chief judge (access required)

U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis has become the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Davis succeeds Judge Rebecca Beach Smith, whose seven-year term ended Dec. 3. Davis was nominated in 2007 by ...

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Drug courts split on approach to opioid addiction (access required)

Judges and court officials in Western Virginia are taking different tacks on their approach to drug court participants addicted to opioids. A state court drug treatment program in the Roanoke Valley does not allow participants to pursue medication-assisted treatment, in which ...

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Bar fund spends nearly $44k to reimburse clients (access required)

The Clients’ Protection Fund of the Virginia State Bar paid $43,858.46 to former clients of six Virginia lawyers in the most recent round of CPF reimbursements. The CPF collects and administers fees from Virginia lawyers to reimburse clients and others ...

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Suit: Rehab group hijacked competitor’s phone listing (access required)


A Virginia addiction recovery business can proceed with its federal court claims that a competitor used an underhanded Google tactic to steal potential customers, a judge has ruled. The Richmond-based plaintiff – doing business as Broad Highway Recovery – is ...

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