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Lemons re-elected chief justice (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons has been re-elected by his colleagues to a second term as chief justice. The Virginia Code provides that the chief justice be elected by a majority of the justices to serve a term ...

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Prosecutors stumble with Medicaid fraud case (access required)

Saddled with 3.5 million pages of documents to process and a looming trial date, federal prosecutors are dismissing indictments against a group of health care providers accused of overcharging Medicaid by $45 million. A judge will decide whether the government will ...

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Cox settles music piracy claims (access required)

Cox Communications reportedly is paying a “substantial settlement” to end claims that the company was lax in policing internet customers’ music piracy. The resolution of the lawsuit filed by music publisher BMG follows a $25 million Alexandria federal court verdict ...

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Trump picks litigator for 4th Circuit seat (access required)

Washington attorney Allison Jones Rushing has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A native North Carolinian, Rushing is a partner with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington and is licensed ...

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Toppling a giant (access required)

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A 36-year-old Richmond lawyer – working out of a county-seat office in the Piedmont hills – is doing network interviews and accepting congratulations from big-time tort lawyers for a stunning $289 million product liability verdict this month in a California ...

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Lawyer charged with groping woman (access required)

A Winchester lawyer has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with a July 21 incident with a client. Howard J. Manheimer, 48, is accused of the unwanted touching of a 24-year-old woman at a school basketball court, The ...

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Court won’t revive lawsuit over ill-fated prosecution (access required)

A man who says he spent more than two years behind bars for a crime that never occurred cannot sue the prosecutor’s office that persisted with the case, an appeals court confirms. A judge’s ruling that sovereign immunity protects Charlottesville ...

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Bar pays $103K to victims of dishonest lawyers (access required)

The Virginia State Bar paid $103,130.58 in the past fiscal year to 27 clients who lost money to dishonest lawyers, according to a year-end report from the Clients’ Protection Fund Board. It’s the lowest annual total in 11 years, according ...

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Overnight stay won’t support common law marriage (access required)

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A “husband” whose nine-year marriage was negated because the couple’s Washington wedding was at odds with their Virginia paperwork cannot save the union by labeling it a common law marriage under D.C. law. The Court of Appeals of Virginia ruled ...

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