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Lawyer is tagged for conversion (access required)


A Roanoke lawyer is fighting a ruling that he cheated families of his deceased former law partners out of their shares of a once-forgotten stock certificate. A trial judge imposed compensatory and punitive damages against G. Nelson Mackey that – ...

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Suit: Retailer, distributors blamed for E.coli poisoning (access required)

A Virginia law firm has filed a $75 million lawsuit against retailer Target Corp. and other businesses that reportedly handled a peanut butter substitute that sickened 32 people in 2017. The manufacturers of the “I.M. Healthy” brand of soy nut ...

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Lawsuit targets maker of boat motor (access required)

A man whose hand was mutilated in a Smith Mountain Lake boating accident last summer has sued the makers of an outboard motor. The boat motor broke off its mount when it struck a submerged object, according to a report ...

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Proposal would expand client protection eligibility (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s protection program for victims of dishonest lawyers hopes to close a possible loophole for clients of lawyers who change their status to disabled or retired. The VSB Clients’ Protection Fund reimburses those who suffer loss because ...

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Lawyer disbarred after ignoring clients, VSB (access required)

A Stafford attorney has lost his license after dropping the ball on his clients’ cases and then stonewalling investigative efforts by the Virginia State Bar. John J. Good Jr. – licensed since 2006 – reportedly blamed his dysfunction on “overwhelming ...

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Is it time to talk? (access required)


A recent rash of conflicts between doctors and lawyers may lead to reexamination of a largely forgotten truce document forged 13 years ago. Advocates on both sides hope dialogue and cooperation can avoid a legislative fight over the rules that ...

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Roanoke lawyer convicted of assaulting dancer (access required)

A Roanoke attorney has been convicted of the misdemeanor assault and battery of a dancer at the strip club he was managing. Charles John “C.J.” Covati, who has served as a substitute judge, was found guilty by a general district ...

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Clients got excuses; lawyer gets 3-year suspension (access required)

A Newport News lawyer is out of business for three years after agreeing to findings that he misled clients and a bar investigator about lapses in his practice. Clients said Marc E. Darnell offered a string of excuses for failing ...

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