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Bar urges clear rule against sex with clients (access required)


A Virginia State Bar committee proposes a “bright-line rule” prohibiting sexual relations between a lawyer and a current client unless the intimate relationship predated the lawyer-client relationship. Bar prosecutors regularly get complaints about lawyer-client liaisons, the committee chair said. Incidents ...

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High court agrees school’s fee requirement was unconscionable (access required)

A private school requirement that parents pay legal costs for both sides in court disputes was an “unconscionable” contract provision, the Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed. The court on Jan. 2 affirmed the ruling of a Fairfax County judge ...

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Sanctions on bankruptcy firm, lawyers are upheld (access required)


A Roanoke federal judge has upheld penalties against two Virginia lawyers who teamed up with a short-lived, Chicago-based national bankruptcy firm accused of high-pressure sales tactics and litigation misconduct. U.S District Judge Michael F. Urbanski refused to undo $5,000 sanctions ...

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Hands-free driving proposal advanced again (access required)

A Virginia legislator says he will try again to ban the use of hand-held phones while driving. Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, has introduced Senate Bill 160 to prohibit drivers from holding handheld personal communications devices while at the wheel. ...

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NRA sues Fairfax attorney over client files (access required)

The National Rifle Association has sued to get client files from Fairfax County attorney Mark R. Dycio, but Dycio’s lawyer says the NRA was never a client. The NRA’s lawsuit, filed Dec. 27 in Fairfax County Circuit Court, contends Dycio ...

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Senate approves $25 million spending boost for Legal Services Corporation (access required)

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Senate passed an appropriations legislation by a vote of 81-11 that will include $440 million for the Legal Services Corporation. This is a $25 million increase to the appropriation LSC received last year.  It is ...

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Locking down (access required)


Divorce cases often expose family secrets that both sides would prefer to keep out of the public eye. Allegations of infidelity, cruelty or neglect are just the most obvious. There are children’s names, friends’ names and sordid details about the ...

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