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Judge settles lawsuit filed by neighbor

A general district judge sued by a neighbor amid a bitter dispute over a sliver of land has settled the malicious prosecution claim for undisclosed terms. Botetourt County Judge William H. Cleaveland reached an agreement with neighbor Michael J. Vaughn ...

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UMW settles discrimination claim (access required)

The University of Mary Washington and its basketball coach have agreed to pay $160,000 to settle claims of race and gender discrimination by a former student. Jasmine Orsted claimed that she was excluded from the school’s basketball team and unfairly ...

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Check scam leads to lawyer’s ethics trouble (access required)

A fraudulent check for nearly half-a-million dollars received by a Virginia lawyer led to ethics trouble over a $320 filing fee. The lawyer nearly fell for one of those fake check scams that have tripped up other attorneys. He avoided ...

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Herring says county has few options for court facilities (access required)

The failure of a courthouse referendum last year may have tied the hands of Augusta County leaders in their efforts to plan for better court facilities. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says voter approval would be needed to relocate the ...

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Chiles suspended 2 years over disputed fee payment (access required)

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A prominent Richmond lawyer has been suspended from practice for two years after the disciplinary board found she violated Virginia ethics rules barring dishonest conduct. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed the penalty against Vinceretta T. Chiles on March ...

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Employee’s murder was workplace ‘accident,’ judge rules (access required)


The husband of a woman killed in a horrific 2013 robbery at a Richmond apartment complex had his $100 million wrongful death lawsuit tossed out of court last week because the murder was considered a work-related event. The ruling means ...

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