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Court provides fix for inscrutable discovery answers (access required)

HOT SPRINGS – The Supreme Court of Virginia says a litigant cannot object to a discovery inquiry without indicating if there is something to protect. The change was little noticed among a batch of rule updates that took effect the ...

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Virginia lawyers score $112.5M settlement in Duke research case (access required)

Duke University will pay $112.5 million to the U.S. government to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that a technician falsified data to obtain lung research funding from federal agencies. The whistleblower in the case was represented by attorneys ...

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Future tense (access required)

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Lawyers may be slow to change and stress over technology, but the future of law practice demands data protection, a Virginia State Bar committee says. Running a law office of any size requires technological competence, the panel emphasized in a ...

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Lawyer takes deferral deal for criminal charge (access required)

A judge has approved a deferred dismissal deal for a Winchester lawyer accused of sexual battery of a client. Pursuant to the agreement for attorney Howard J. Manheimer, both prosecution and defense moved to have the misdemeanor sexual battery charge ...

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Lawyer surrenders license amid accusations (access required)

A Lynchburg attorney has given up her license amid allegations that she misappropriated money from an elderly woman for whom she held power of attorney. Cherie A. Washburn is facing a civil lawsuit for her handling of the finances of ...

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The cost of smoking (access required)

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A Norfolk Circuit Court jury returned a $5 million asbestos verdict for the family of a deceased railroad employee, but cut the verdict to $1 million based on the employee’s smoking habit. The reduction was possible under rules for railroad ...

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Novak is Trump choice for federal court (access required)

President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak to serve as a district judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Novak, who sits in Richmond, was widely recommended for the seat of U.S. ...

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Ex-prosecutor accepts reprimand over courtroom fracas (access required)

A heated dispute about a collection of case summaries has led to an agreed public reprimand against a former commonwealth’s attorney. Ladysmith attorney Anthony G. “Tony” Spencer, the former Caroline County commonwealth’s attorney, acknowledged that his behavior in the 2015 ...

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