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Ballou endorsed for U.S. district judgeship (access required)

At a March 13 meeting,  the Roanoke Bar Association endorsed Roanoke U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert S. Ballou as a candidate for nomination to fill the vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The vacancy was ...

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Tuition payments deemed waste of marital assets (access required)

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A divorcing father’s unilateral decision to use a marital investment account to pay for his adult son’s master’s program was properly considered waste of the marital assets, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled. A Fairfax County circuit judge ...

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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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