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Professor settles with law school (access required)

A former law professor who sued the Appalachian School of Law for allegedly mishandling threats from a student has settled the case. The two sides reached agreement at a settlement conference with Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent on July 27, ...

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Bar charges Morrissey with tryst cover-up (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has accused Henrico County lawyer Joseph D. Morrissey, a former state delegate, with making false statements and deleting evidence to hide a 2013 sexual encounter with an underage office staffer. The new bar ethics charges follow ...

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Fees are a dollar short, but case can stay in court (access required)


A personal injury plaintiff avoided disaster this month when a Montgomery County judge ruled that his last-minute lawsuit was not too late, even though the check to cover the filing and process fees was a dollar short. The deadline passed ...

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Everett era ends for open government office (access required)

The woman who has managed the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council since its inception in 2000 is stepping down today. Maria Everett will retire as the first, and so far only, executive director of the agency formed to make ...

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‘The Pence Policy’ (access required)


A politician’s policy of avoid­ing one-on-one meals with female associates sparked an outcry among many em­ployment lawyers and cul­tural commentators, but the practice espoused by Vice President Mike Pence may be more widespread than many professionals expect­ed. Virginia labor and ...

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State agency dropped from Deeds lawsuit (access required)

State Sen. Creigh Deeds has dropped a state agency from his lawsuit over the suicide of his son. Deeds moved to nonsuit his claim against the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan granted the nonsuit ...

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Ex-prosecutor sued over kidnap case (access required)

Former Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Y. Lunsford is accused of prosecutorial misconduct in a civil rights lawsuit arising from an ill-fated kidnap prosecution. A man who spent more than two years in jail before a judge vacated his conviction ...

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Two docs blame each other, jury awards $7M (access required)


After hearing two doctors blame each other for a patient’s death, a Fairfax County jury delivered a $7 million verdict for the patient’s family July 19. The jury tacked on interest from the 2013 date of surgery, making the verdict ...

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