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Growing pains reported for SCC website (access required)

A new electronic filing system for the State Corporation Commission may be frustrating some users, but a spokesperson said the improvements should be worth the pain of transition. Gone is the old SCC eFile. The enhanced Clerk’s Information System was ...

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Proposal: Limit types of responsive pleadings (access required)

A civil litigation study panel recommends the Supreme Court nail down a finite list of “responsive pleadings” to avoid the risk of default judgment with use of an obscure defensive plea. An extensive study offered no clarity on the state ...

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Cable company hit with $1 billion verdict (access required)

A cadre of major U.S. music publishers won a $1 billion verdict from an Alexandria federal jury this month against cable giant Cox Communications. The music owners contended Cox ignored its obligation to limit illegal music downloads. The jury returned ...

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Judge rejects plea deal in boat death case (access required)

A deal for a one-year jail sentence is off the table in the case of a young investment banker who died in a 2017 Northern Neck boating accident. A circuit judge on Dec. 19 rejected the plea agreement in the ...

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Feds say lawyer attempted mass-tort shakedown (access required)

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A Charlottesville lawyer has been arrested and charged with trying to extort $200 million from a chemical company with promises to protect the company from further liability exposure. After being tipped to the alleged scheme of Timothy Litzenburg, federal law ...

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Trump nominates Cullen for Conrad seat (access required)

President Trump has nominated Western District U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen for a U.S. district court judgeship. The announcement came Dec. 18. Cullen was Trump’s choice this fall after he rejected two candidates recommended in 2018 by Virginia’s two U.S. ...

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Legislators propose ‘Justice Commission’ (access required)

Two Democratic state legislators recommend changing the State Crime Commission into the “Virginia Justice Commission.” Legislation introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, and Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, would broaden the commission’s focus from solely crime and punishment to include ...

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Lawyer disbarred for ignoring bar suspension (access required)

A Sterling attorney accused of continuing to practice even after his license was suspended has been disbarred. A panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license of James A. Powers on Nov. 15 after Powers admitted he ...

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Lawyer disbarred for keeping client money (access required)

A Virginia State Bar disciplinary panel has revoked the law license of a Chesterfield attorney for mishandling client money amid a dispute with the client. The panel of the VSB Disciplinary Board cited four prior disciplinary penalties in deciding unanimously to ...

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