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Supreme Court to weigh disclosure of lawyers’ bills (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to take up whether a public body can keep the substance of its legal bills under wraps. A dentist who settled his court battle with the city of Virginia Beach wants to know ...

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Assembly picks 16 judges before departing (access required)

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Legislators selected 16 new Virginia trial court judges March 9 before adjourning the next day to await a special session that could produce funding for additional judicial seats. The General Assembly elected five circuit judges, five general district judges and ...

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Lawyer suspended 10 months for trust account, cooperation lapses (access required)

A Salem attorney has agreed to a 10-month suspension of his law license beginning in June for ethics violations involving client money and cooperation with bar regulators. C. Gregory Phillips’ deal with bar prosecutors includes a five-year probation period with ...

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Hands-free driving law dies in conference committee (access required)

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Attempts to tighten regulation of cell phone use while driving in Virginia failed to pass the General Assembly this year. The Virginia Senate approved a broad prohibition on holding a phone while driving earlier in the session, amending a House ...

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Spoliation issue splits GOP (access required)

A debate over how courts should deal with missing evidence managed to divide the General Assembly – not by political party – but by alliance with the plaintiff or defense side of civil litigation. The defense carried the day as ...

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Legislators interview judges, wait on money (access required)

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With final judgeship spending still up in the air, Virginia lawmakers interviewed more judicial candidates than they had official openings as the 2018 General Assembly session neared an end. Twenty-one candidates exchanged pleasantries with senators and delegates Feb. 23, but ...

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‘Fatal error’ costs prosecutor’s job (access required)

A procedural misstep by a seasoned prosecutor torpedoed the case against a murder defendant and cost the prosecutor his job. Virginia Beach Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Vachris moved to nolle prosequi a murder case on the second day of ...

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A fine of $250K (access required)

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In a case watched by numerous bankruptcy lawyers, a Virginia judge has fined a national bankruptcy firm $250,000 and revoked its privileges to practice in the Western District for five years. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paul M. Black also fined two ...

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