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Judge orders divestiture in antitrust case (access required)

In a decision designed to restore competition in the marketplace for interior doors, Richmond U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne has ordered a manufacturer to sell a Pennsylvania doorskin plant, the second largest in the world. The Oct. 5 ruling ...

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Deeds settles lawsuit over son’s death for $950k (access required)

A lawsuit over the 2013 death of a state senator’s son that prompted Virginia mental health reforms has been settled for $950,000. Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Warm Springs, was severely wounded in the incident Nov. 19, 2013, when son Austin ...

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Court reporters seek regulation (access required)

Virginia court reporters plan to seek state regulation in the 2019 General Assembly, according to materials submitted to a panel that recommends changes in the law for civil practice. The Virginia Court Reporters Association has hired a lobbyist and drafted ...

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Vacation injury (access required)


A trip and fall that ruined plans for a relaxed week at the beach in 2014 has led to a court ruling that could have broad consequences for Virginia premises liability claims. A family renting a beach house for a ...

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High court upholds arbitration win for Alexandria lawyer (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia will not disturb an arbitration decision that absolved an Alexandria attorney of ethics accusations and slammed a plaintiff with more than $900,000 in sanctions. The decision by five justices could end a protracted battle over ...

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Lawyer and firm are sued in highway triple fatality (access required)

A Richmond attorney and her law firm are both named in three lawsuits arising from a late night highway crash in June that claimed the lives of three people. The attorney – Claire C. Carr of North Chesterfield – was ...

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Ex-city attorney suspended 90 days (access required)

Former Petersburg City Attorney Brian K. Telfair has been suspended from law practice for 90 days for reporting a phony threat to support postponement of a city council meeting. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed the suspension based on ...

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Lawyer accepts disbarment after contempt finding (access required)

A Fredericksburg lawyer found in contempt of court for failing to file probate paperwork has agreed to revocation of her law license. Sonya B. Costanzo said she had closed her practice two years ago as her health problems worsened. She ...

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