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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)

Divorce Decree FEA

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)


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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