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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)


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)


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)


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)


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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